Press Release – 13 November 2020
Following an extensive public engagement exercise this summer, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has submitted a full planning application for a proposal to build a new crematorium in Holderness.
The proposed site of the crematorium, off Lelley Road, near Preston, will provide a much-needed facility in the local area and will also support the economy through the creation of jobs and through trade for related businesses.
The new crematorium would create a site with an environmentally-conscious design and green building principles and will offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones, with planned features including a new woodland, a memory walk and other areas for remembrance and celebration.
Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Our extensive research and community consultation has confirmed that the need for a new crematorium in the area is very apparent; a significant majority of respondents to our consultation are in favour of the development of a facility in Holderness because it will reduce the amount of distance and time they need to travel and provide the opportunity for their loved ones to be laid to rest closer to where they live.”
East Riding of Yorkshire Council was keen to involve the local community in the pre-planning stages of the proposal so that local people would appreciate how much focus is being put into creating a much-needed facility with a sense of place at its heart.
The council has carried out extensive pre-planning consultation with stakeholders across a range of media designed to address the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on public engagement, to enable maximum reach.
The feedback from the consultation was essential and has influenced changes to the design which has now been submitted within the planning application.
Press Release – 17 August 2020
East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be holding public consultation events about its proposals to build a new crematorium in the Holderness area, near Preston.
On Tuesday, 25 August, from 1-7.30pm, a drop-in event will be held at Preston Community Hall for anyone with an interest in the proposed development to attend.
Some initial design impressions developed for the proposed crematorium will be on display and representatives from the council will be available to answer any questions.
Due to COVID-19, access to the event will be managed to ensure safe social distancing and visitors will be required to wear face coverings.
On Wednesday, 26 August, at 9.30am and 6pm, and on Thursday, 27 August, at 12noon, people can join a public consultation session to hear from council representatives about the proposed crematorium and ask questions. Due to COVID-19, these events are being held virtually via the online video conferencing platform, Zoom.
The council is also running an online survey to gather feedback on the proposed crematorium development. The closing date for the survey is Sunday, 6 September.
“We are keen to involve the local community in the planning stages of our proposal to build a new crematorium in the Holderness area and would like to encourage people to be involved in the consultation on the proposals in order to capture their feedback and help us develop our vision for the facility,” said Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
“The new crematorium would offer numerous benefits to local residents, businesses and communities. It would provide a place for people living in the Holderness area to remember their loved ones, local to where they live, in a beautiful and tranquil facility.”
The initial design impressions, details of how to access the online Zoom sessions and the online survey will be available from Monday, 24 August, and will also be promoted via the council’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.
Press Release – 29 June 2020
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is seeking Cabinet approval, in principle, to consult and develop a business case to build a crematorium in Holderness.
The council has identified a need for a new crematorium in the area because of the time it takes for people to travel to existing sites from the Holderness area and the impact this has on the bereaved when suffering from their loss and subsequently wishing to visit a crematorium where ashes have been laid.
A new crematorium, should the council go ahead with the proposal and subject to consultation and planning approvals, would also help to address poverty for some of our most vulnerable communities.
Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We have conducted a significant study and have established this project offers substantial benefits to local residents, businesses and communities.
“While the study began last year, the recent impact of the pandemic has been a stark reminder of the impact the loss of a loved one has and the importance of the need to say our goodbyes in a sensitive and dignified way.
“We hope to provide a beautiful tranquil place which reflects the Holderness landscape. We want it to be a place where people of all ages feel at ease visiting the site, somewhere which help families and friends to celebrate the lives of their loved ones in a positive and hopefully uplifting way.
“Our intention is also to help address funeral poverty which affects some of our most vulnerable residents. The build will contain environmentally-conscious features, through its design and the use of technology.
“The site would be run by the local authority for our local communities and so it is essential that we listen to local residents, communities and businesses about what is important to them when attending a crematorium and their aspirations for this site.
“The council’s priorities are to support local residents and businesses, grow the local economy and value our environment and we are confident that this project will contribute to all those goals.”
The proposed site of the crematorium is off Lelley Road, near Preston, in Holderness and it is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted later this year.