Cemetery and crematorium given planning permission

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Daventry District Council (DDC) and Rugby Borough Council’s (RBC) planning application for a cemetery and crematorium has been approved.

The application was approved by Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee last night (Wednesday)).

The councils have been working together to develop plans for the facility, which has been designed to address a shortfall in cemetery space in Rugby and a need for a crematorium in the Rugby and Daventry area.

DDCs portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure Cllr Alan Hills, said: “We’ve identified an urgent need for a facility like this as people from Daventry district currently have to travel as far as Northampton and Banbury, so we are confident this will bring huge benefits to all our residents.

“These artists impressions give a good feel for how this development would fit within the exiting surroundings.”

Recently released artists’ impressions show how the crematorium building could look, and how it may fit into the landscape of the Rainsbrook Valley, off Ashlawn Road in Rugby.

RBCs portfolio holder for sustainable environment, Cllr Dr Mark Williams, said: “With cemetery space in Rugby set to run out within the next few years, and with such a long trip for families to attend crematoria, these facilities are long-overdue.

“I’m pleased that the planning process has now concluded, and that everyone had an opportunity to register their views on our application.”

The crematorium and cemetery have been proposed in response to a Rugby Borough Council task group report, written with cross-party involvement.

The report identified that most bereavements now result in a cremation rather than internment, but that the nearest crematorium involved a thirty-mile round trip. It also highlighted a need for new burial space within the borough.

The artists impressions can be viewed here: http://rugby.images.newsflashconnect.co.uk/pickuppictures.tlx?pickupid=649759.