A CREMATORIUM planned for a field in Climping has been rejected by councillors.
The desire to protect the countryside between Middleton and Littlehampton saw the proposals by Southern Co-op turned down on Wednesday.
Arun District Council planning officer Juan Baeza told the development control committee the scheme was in the strategic gap and was a flood risk.
Arun believed that, where an alternative site existed which was free of those constraints, that location should be used instead. This could still be the case for the proposal at Yapton which had just been deferred.
Matthew Holmes, Southern Co-op’s planning agent, said its proposal had been recommended for approval two months ago.
“The reasoning for that change of heart is not fully clear but we continue to believe this application continues to represent a logical location for a new crematorium to meet identified needs.”
Substantial areas of landscaping on the site would provide a setting for the development, he said. The crematorium would have a single storey, flat roof and low height to fit discreetly into landscaped setting. Its access would be square on to A259 and on the opposite side to the cycle lane.
But Climping Parish Council’s chairman, Cllr Colin Humphris, said:
“Clearly, we don’t see any difference here materially with the traffic concerns, with the turning concerns, traffic flow issues that I talked about before.”
Cllr Christine Johnston, of Middleton Parish Council, said:
“It’s imperative the gap between Littlehampton and Middleton is maintained.”
Committee member Cllr Michael Clayden (C, Angmering) said he did not believe the Yapton site could be a viable alternative. It would be a death trap corner for cyclists and pedestrians.
“Out of the two sites, this is the better choice, really,” he said.
Cllr Hugh Coster (I, Aldwick E) said:
“This has to be wrong, in that area along there, to create development in that green gap.”
Cllr Ricky Bower (C, East Preston) said:
“Certainly, in terms of the junction it is the better junction than the one we looked at previously.
“However…anyone approaching this turning into this junction to go into a funeral will be doing it at dead speed. That effect on the A259 is I think going to be quite horrendous.”
Cllr John Charles “I am in two minds about this. I see a lot of good things about it. Yes, it’s in the (strategic) gap. It’s a good access. It’s a much wider section of there. It’s got far more advantages than the other one.”