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10th September 2021

Planning Application submitted at Hooton

In August 2021, Horizon Cremation submitted a planning application for a new crematorium at Hooton on the Wirral peninsula.

The new crematorium would relieve the significant pressure currently being felt at Landican Crematorium and Chester Crematorium.   Neither facility can cope adequately with current demand and the number of deaths in the area is predicted by the Office for National Statistics to rise by 32% in the next 20 years.   A crematorium in the area is desperately needed.

The proposed Horizon site is in Hooton and would take a small slice from a large, intensively farmed, field adjacent to an existing business park.   The site would be extensively planted with native trees and shrubs and would include a formal memorial garden.   The buildings and hard standing would take up only 10% of the site area and would be modest in scale.   It would be built to ‘excellent’ BREEAM standards: a measurement of the degree to which buildings are environmentally friendly and carbon neutral.

As with other Horizon sites, the ceremony hall would sit in the middle of the design with a large picture window framing views across the site in front of which would sit the coffin.   Horizon would build build a large waiting room on one wing and offices and the cremator room on the other.   The buildings will sit in a low point on the site to minimise views of it from the surrounding area.

Horizon is expecting a decision on the planning application by the end of 2021.