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New crematorium near Horncastle up for approval

It will also have a chapel and memorial gardens

Plans for a new crematorium and memorial gardens along the Viking Way near Horncastle are set for approval next week.

Jonathan Crossley’s plans to build the facility off Horncastle Road, in Martin, will appear before East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee on Thursday.

The proposals for the 16-acre site will also include a chapel, a new pond and picnic site, car parking and both vehicular and pedestrian access from the B1191 and Viking Way which runs between Woodhall Spa and Horncastle.

The proposals describe the building as an “F” shape which with the top of the F being furthest away from the road and containing the crematory, body receiving area and staff facilities.

The central part would contain the chapel, a covered walkway, an entrance lobby and offices. Between the offices and covered walkway would be a courtyard flower garden.

A plan for the layout of the site.

Recommending approval, officers said there was evidence of a need for an additional crematorium facility within the District.

“Overall the application site would provide an acceptable location for this,” they said.

“The proposed design and layout of the facility would be acceptable as would the proposed picnic site with car parking facility for users of the Viking Way/Spa Trail.”

No statutory consultees have objected to the plans, however 13 nearby residents have commented with objectors saying it is in an “inappropriate location and unacceptable form”.

Concerns have been raised about access through a nearby picnic site, along with the safety of the B1191.

Some also raised concerns over a conflict between potential funerals and the tourism aspect of the Viking Way through that area.