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Blackpool crematorium extension approved

Carleton Crematorium
Carleton Crematorium
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Proposals to build a single storey extension at Blackpool's Carleton Crematorium have been approved by town hall planners.

Proposals to build a single storey extension at Blackpool's Carleton Crematorium have been approved by town hall planners.

The move will enable three new cremators to be installed in the building to replace existing equipment which keeps breaking down leading to delays for some bereaved families.

Two temporary cremators will operate while the work is carried out.

Planners approved the application using their delegated powers, taking into account the design of the extension and its impact on the locally listed crematorium.

It will increase the length of the building by just under 10 per cent.

A planning report says: "Carleton offers the only cremation service in Blackpool and so it is considered of essential community interest that the continued and long-term use of this facility is safeguarded and brought up to modern standards."

Permission has also been granted for the two temporary cremators to be installed which are expected to be used for up to nine months.

The changes are part of a five-year development plan revealed last month by the council for the site, which will also include the addition of more than 2,000 new burial plots.

Investment is being funded through the council's capital programme.

Other plans to improve facilities also include the opening of a new cafe that will be run by Nibbles, which already operates cafes at Anchorsholme Library and the Blackpool Centre for Independent Living.

Improvements are also proposed to the lighting, car parking and a shelter at the cemetery.