A Lynn-based funeral director hopes to open a new crematorium next year after securing permission from district councillors.
Proposals put forward by Thornalley Funeral Services Ltd for a new facility at Scoulton, near Hingham, have been given the go-ahead by Breckland Council’s planning committee.
In a statement, which was issued yesterday morning, the company said they were “very pleased” by the committee’s support.
They said: “There has been overwhelming support from all the local independent funeral directors, ministers and many local people in the area, as bereaved families from the area currently have to travel to the Norwich, Bury St Edmunds or King’s Lynn crematoriums.”
The company will manage the site, which they say is primarily intended to serve the immediate surrounding area.
Managers hope the facility will be open by the end of next year.
Concerns had been raised by local community leaders over the potential impact of the development on traffic in the area.
But, in recommending approval, planning officers said the company’s planned alterations to the road network would help to ensure highway safety.
They added: “The proposal would provide a key service in the district, addressing an identified essential need for such facilities locally.
“The development would significantly reduce travel times for crematorium users and represents a net community benefit in this respect.
“The proposal would make a positive contribution to the rural economy.”