Nanpantan is the top choice now
Officers recommend new site for the town cemetery
LAND in Nanpantan has been named by council officers as their top choice, for the site of the new Loughborough cemetery.
The potential location of the cemetery is due to be considered by councillors later this month.
Charnwood Borough Council’s Cabinet is set to consider a report about where to locate the new site on October 18.
The current cemetery in Leicester Road is due to run out of space within four years.
Back in November last year, an original plan for the new cemetery to be sited in Allendale Road caused an uproar, with a 342-strong petition being submitted to the council.
With public feeling running so high, the council agreed to review the proposal and look again at other options.
Over the summer, Charnwood consulted people on three options for a new cemetery.
They were land at Allendale Road, land at Nanpantan and using part of Shelthorpe Golf Course.
The council says that more than 700 people responded during the consultation, with the option to use land at Nanpantan receiving the most support.
A petition signed by more than 500 people was also handed to the council objecting to the Shelthorpe Golf Course option.
And now in a report to the council’s cabinet, officers are recommending that land at Nanpantan is approved to be developed as a new cemetery subject, to approval by the Environment Agency and planning permission is obtained.
In brief the sites are:
• Allendale Road. A 1.4 hectare cemetery, which would last around 42 years. Plus a recreation area.
• Shelthorpe Golf Course.
A 3.6 hectare cemetery lasting 109 years.
The council would want to invest £100,000 creating an improved nine-hole facility.
• Land at Nanpantan, off Watermead Lane. A 9.1 hectare cemetery to the rear of Nanpantan sports ground.
There would be enough burial space here for 285 years.
Coun Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough, said: “This is an important decision for the town.
“I would like to thank people again for getting involved. Cabinet will now consider the report and make a decision.”
The proposed Nanpantan site to the rear of the sports ground.