Coventry & Warwickshire

Willoughby crematorium plan rejected

Plans for a new crematorium in a Warwickshire village have been turned down following a two-year campaign against the proposals.

Planning permission for the scheme for Willoughby was rejected by Rugby Borough Council on Wednesday.

A council spokesman said the planned site was "an unsuitable, rural location that is difficult to access".

And villager Bob Hughes said it would have meant inconvenience for mourners in traffic jams which was "not right".

"It's a small village with with narrow roads and the volume, the scale of the development would have meant huge numbers of people passing through the village," he said.

The Conservative-run council added it was also refused because the development would harm the rural appearance of the landscape, especially the high quality ridge and furrow that survives across the site.

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