Cremations could soon take place in Havant

Lee Hockaday, commercial director at St Vincent College, Gosport

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PLANNERS have recommended a new crematorium on the outskirts of Havant is given the go-ahead.

Council planning officers have recommended the multi-million pound facility is granted approval at a meeting next week.

As reported, The Southern Co-operative wants to build an eco-friendly crematorium in woodland off Bartons Road.

The company says the crematorium will take the strain off facilities at Portchester and Chichester.

Rowlands Castle Cllr Marge Harvey has objected to the plan as she says it would encroach on the green belt between the village and Havant.

But a council planning report states: ‘Given the separation distances between the two settlements and that the development would not be readily visible with the landscape, it is considered the development would not cause harm to the gap.’

The reports adds: ‘The need for the crematorium has been shown.’

A final decision will be made at a meeting at East Hampshire District Council in Penns Place, Petersfield, at 6.30pm on Thursday.