Parlour approval sparks fury

Bank House, Alexandria Road, St Annes
Bank House, Alexandria Road, St Annes
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NEIGHBOURS shouted at councillors as the plans were passed for a funeral parlour next to their homes.

Fylde Council’s Development Management Committee approved planning permission for undertakers D Hollowell and Sons to set up a new branch at the old Bank House on Alexandria Drive in St Annes.

The committee heard the funeral parlour would have the capacity to store up to six bodies at a time.

Previously, residents have written in with complaints that the development would serve as a constant reminder of their own mortality.

Around 20 residents filled Fylde Town Hall yesterday to support a number of objections to the planning application, mainly focused on access off the main road, which will run close to, and be overlooked by, neighbouring houses.

John Smith said: “This premises is simply not fit for purpose as a funeral undertakers, and it is quite simply insufficient to accommodate a hearse and commercial vehicles.

“This proposal is nothing short of misleading, unacceptable, frequently changed and inadequate.”

While councillors on the committee said they were sympathetic to the residents, they said the could find no planning reasons to refuse the application.

Coun Kiran Mulholland said: “This is an emotive issue concerning dead bodies and funerals, but they are a fact of life and death.”

Coun Tim Armit said less than 100m from the proposed undertakers, there were other businesses attracting traffic throughout the day.

But Coun Fabian Craig-Wilson said she could not support the plans because of the building’s close proximity to other people’s homes.

Coun Albert Pounder also voted against granting permission because he said conditions limiting visiting hours were too restrictive.

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