Proposal to provide a local crematorium
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1. Providing a local service for bereaved families
The Council is proposing to build a crematorium and memorial garden in the borough after research showed there is a clear need for a more local service for bereaved families.
Currently, Reigate & Banstead residents who wish their loved ones to be cremated must journey to a facility out of the borough, usually to Leatherhead, Crawley or Croydon. The lack of local provision means that bereaved families can experience a long wait for services elsewhere, as well as difficulties finding a convenient time, due to the demand at those facilities. With a growing and ageing population, need is predicted to continue to rise.
We want to provide a high-quality facility that will provide exceptional service and a dignified means by which people can remember their loved ones closer to home.
What is being proposed
A planning application has been submitted for a modern, discreet, low profile crematorium, set in an attractively landscaped garden of remembrance that complements the surrounding landscape.
A suitable site has been identified in Woodhatch, located off the Woodhatch Road between Lonesome Lane Recreation Ground and New Pond Farm allotments. The semi-rural location offers a tranquil, quiet and accessible space to enable an appropriate experience for mourners, while also minimising the impact on neighbours.
The facility will include a ceremony hall that can seat 120 mourners, a waiting room, a flower court, the ability for services to be relayed outside to an undercover area with screens and speakers for large attendances and webcasting technology so that services can be viewed by mourners unable to attend.
The design includes stringent environmental safeguards and proposals to manage traffic visiting the site. It will also have appropriate levels of car parking, including accessible parking spaces, cycle racks and separate provision for horse drawn hearses.
The Council plans to deliver and run the facility itself so we have control over its design, service quality, timings, price and management of the site. Our intention is to offer services that are appropriately staggered to give mourners more time to pay their respects.
A pre-application consultation was held from 16 October to 8 November to seek feedback from the local community, religious and humanist organisations and funeral directors on their experiences of the current situation and seek feedback on our proposals prior to us submitting a planning application.
We write to over 3,300 homes and businesses surrounding the site to explain the proposal, let them know about the consultation opportunity and provide alternative ways to share their views in writing.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. Over 300 responses were received and over 130 people attended the presentation and Q&A event with the design team on Thursday 29 October 2020 (held online in light of Covid-19 restrictions preventing face to face engagement). We have made some changes to the scheme in light of feedback receved.
There will be a further opportunity to comment as part of the planning application process.
You can see full details of the planning application via the planning application search – application reference number 21/00192/F