Hooton Crematorium plans revised after public consultation
REVISED plans for a ‘low-key’ crematorium in Hooton have been submitted after feedback from local residents.
Hooton Paddocks Ltd originally proposed School Lane to become one-way, to reduce traffic in Hooton, but a company spokesperson said local residents persuaded them to return to the existing two-way configuration.
Instead, visitors to the crematorium will need to turn left at the exit, so they use the Welsh Road rather than going up Hooton Road and driving extra traffic through the village. The new plan also has the support of national highways.
Additional landscaping will take place at the northern boundary of the site to further screen views of Chestnut Farm.
The change comes after a number of residents expressed concern that the crematorium could be seen from their properties.
The hedge, which is currently cut low, will be significantly enhanced and supplemented with a mix of semi-mature native trees to filter views of the crematorium and help establish a beautiful, low-key woodland setting for the funeral.
Richard Evans, one of two local brothers behind Hooton Paddocks, confirmed they were happy to make the changes.
He added: “We understand the importance of creating a quiet and private location for funerals, which is why we chose School Lane.
“We want our plans to have minimal impact on our neighbours, so we were very happy to follow up on their suggestions.
“We understand that residents will need more time to review the new plans and we look forward to hearing their views.”
The program has attracted strong support from families in Ellesmere Port.
A comment in response to the council’s consultation said: ‘I realize the people of Hooton may not want this development but it is badly needed and I think the location on School Lane will significantly reduce the impact.”
The Hooton Paddocks scheme will be considered alongside an alternative scheme for a larger crematorium to be developed on Hooton Road has been proposed by Scottish developers, Horizon Cremation.