Locals' fury at pet and horse crematorium plan
- Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021
Furious villagers have labelled a planned pet and horse crematorium on an industrial estate as “totally inappropriate”.
Plans for the crematorium, featuring a memorial garden, next to Roudham Industrial Estate, were submitted to Norfolk County Council in July.
The CVS Group proposal is for disused land on Roudham Road, in Roudham.
Sarah Gosling, chair of Roudham and Larling Council, said the public had been “inadequately” informed about the impact it could have on the community.
“We are contesting three main issues," she said.
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CVS Group said: “Recently, we presented our plans for the development of a new, state-of-the-art pet and equine crematorium on Roudham Park Industrial Estate to the Roudham and Larling Parish Council to ensure our planning application was amended to specifically address concerns raised by councillors.
“Since then, we have sought to incorporate these concerns into our application.”
Marie Milton, 62, lives in the house closest to the site and is trying to sell after she lost her husband.
She said since the plans she had lost all of her house sales.
“It’s not a suitable site, with the noise and the smell. But it’s going to affect all of us, not just me. It's making me quite upset and depressed.
“It’s hardly a nice quiet place to sit and remember one's pet, with all of the lorries rolling by.”
Shaun Hancke, owner of restaurant and distillery Oak Villa, said the plan would cost him customers.
The 47-year-old said: “I just think it’s the wrong place to put something like this.
“I would be very unhappy if this went ahead. I have customers dining outside. If anything goes wrong here and those odours travel to my restaurant, there is no hope in hell that customers will be able to sit outside.”
Peter Firman director of First Property, which owns Roudham Industrial Estate, is also concerned.
He said: “We are surrounded by houses and industrial units and we have a prevailing westerly wind with houses down the bottom. The smell and the smoke will definitely affect them.
“They say there will be no smell. But if you’re burning carcases, of course there will be smell.”
Charlotte Matthews, 36, lives opposite the site.
“It's not practical,” she said “We know it’s an industrial estate. That's why we moved here.
“My husband has a business in the garden but it’s just not practical."
Donna, another resident, added: “No one has thought about the people who have to live here and put up with it.
“There has got to be a better place for it.”
CVS Group was contacted for comment.