Crematorium plan put on hold for the second time as council calls for new traffic data

Artist's impression of crematorium at Lodge Farm, in Broughton

Artist's impression of crematorium at Lodge Farm, in Broughton - Credit: Archant

An application for a new crematorium on the parish border between Broughton and Wyton was deferred for a second time on Monday night over traffic concerns.

The planning application was put back by councillors at Huntingdonshire District Council after they concluded that further traffic surveys would need to be carried out in order for a decision to be made.

The plans, which were submitted by Dignity UK Ltd, were deferred for the first time back in July, after the firm agreed to carry out further traffic surveys requested by councillors.

However, at Monday night’s meeting, held at the Burgess Hall, in St Ives, members of the council’s development management committee decided the information Dignity had provided to deal with the issue around traffic did not satisfy their concerns about the proposed crematorium, in Sawtry Way, Wyton, and that another survey would need to be carried out.

Councillors felt the information provided had been reused from previous surveys and was not the result of a new survey.

Representatives from Dignity UK agreed that a new survey would be completed and presented to councillors at a meeting of the panel in the months ahead.

Plans for the Dignity UK crematorium were first considered in December last year, with councillors rejecting the development on the grounds that it was unsustainable.

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At the same meeting, Huntingdon Town Council’s rival planning application for a crematorium and cemetery on land near Jubilee Park was also considered.

The town council’s plan was unanimously approved by the development management committee at the same meeting in which the Dignity scheme was thrown out.

However, Dignity then appealed against the refusal and also sought a judicial review at the High Court, which was subsequently quashed the town council’s plan, with both parties ordered to restart the process.

Dignity, which has 46 crematoria across the UK, will now be expected to collect fresh data for the traffic survey and present it at a future development management committee meeting.

Huntingdon Town Council’s plan, meanwhile, has undergone changes of its own, and is expected to be re-submitted and to go before the development committee later in the year.