Nan­pan­tan is the top choice now

Of­fi­cers rec­om­mend new site for the town ceme­tery

Loughborough Echo - - FRONT PAGE - ANDY RUSH andy.rush@reach­plc.com

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.

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