Plans for a new crematorium near Lichfield have been given the go-ahead.
The application for land near Fradley Lane was approved by Lichfield District Council’s planing committee.
The approval will mean cremations could take place at the site between 10am and 5.30am on weekdays and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays once it is built.
In a statement supporting their application, Mercia Crematorium Developments say the new building is needed as other similar sites in the region are operating “well above capacity”. The company added:
“Three of the four crematoria nearest Lichfield do not have sufficient true capacity to accommodate projected population rise, let alone an increased cremation rate.
“The unreasonable length of journey required of a substantial population of the district’s bereaved residents is a clear indication of a qualitative need for a more local facility.”
In approving the application, Lichfield District Council accepted that there was a need for a new crematorium and said it was satisfied the development would “not be unduly prominent in the landscape”.
Full details of the scheme can be found on http://planning.lichfielddc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=LGPE38JE05C00