Planning application submitted for crematorium in Steppingley Image: Central Bedfordshire Council

Central Bedfordshire Council held a number of public events to gather feedback on the proposal

Central Bedfordshire Council has submitted a planning application to build a crematorium off Fordfield Road in Steppingley, near Flitwick.

The location is on agricultural land that is well tucked away from sight and there would be additional landscaping to minimise the building’s impact on its surroundings.

It would have a modern design, with a tree-lined entrance and low-level lighting. There would be both formal gardens and tranquil areas of meadow, as well as a lake where family and friends can visit and remember their loved ones.

Councillor Richard Wenham Image: Central Bedfordshire Council

Councillor Richard Wenham, deputy council leader and executive member for Corporate Resources, said:

“We also know that Central Bedfordshire is an area that is set to grow: over the next 20 years we are expecting around 40,000 new homes to be built.

“There is currently no crematorium in Central Bedfordshire, so residents are having to travel to crematoria in other areas which are close to full capacity.

“We want to make sure our residents have a local service to use during what can be an important and often distressing time. Steppingley has a central location within Bedfordshire, allowing for easy access for all our residents.”

Four to five services a day at the crematorium

The council anticipates there would be four to five services a day at the crematorium. Subject to planning approval, construction is estimated to take 12 months.

A footpath and cycleway would be provided to the proposed crematorium, linking with those at the roundabout that serves Fordfield Road, Steppingley Road, and Froghall Road.

The council is also considering a footpath and cycleway from Flitwick train station to the crematorium.

The public can find out more about the proposal online at: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/crematorium and can read the planning documents online, reference CB/19/00289/REG3 at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning