Harris Lamb’s planning department has been given the green light in its support to Dignity for the construction of a crematorium and memorial gardens in South Derbyshire.

The application to build a single chapel, memorial gardens and car park on Green Belt land near Aston on Trent was approved by South Derbyshire District Council further to seeking approval to make a decision from the Secretary of State.

The site, which extends to approximately 4.6ha (11.4 acres), is located off Derby Road, and will house a chapel to seat 100 people, a memorial garden with a water feature, seating and footpaths, set in landscaped grounds.

The planning team stressed that the scheme has been sympathetically designed with a single storey structure and located within a landscaped setting to ensure that the appearance of the area was not compromised.


Patrick Downes

Patrick Downes, of Harris Lamb’s planning department, said: “It is always difficult to obtain planning permission for a new development in the Green Belt and we are fortunate that we were able to build excellent relationships with Council officers to define appropriate areas for this site.

“We were able to demonstrate that the application had ‘very special circumstances’ as required by the Council, showing that there was a need for such a development within the area and that there were no more suitable sites in non-Green Belt areas. The Secretary of State was contacted by the Council owing to the location of the application site to ensure he was happy for them to make the decision without his intervention.

“We are now working closely with Dignity to create a detailed design for the development and hope to start work on the site next year,” he added.

Harris Lamb provides an extensive and inclusive property and business support role to Dignity Funerals Limited, the UK’s leading provider of funeral related services

The harris lamb Planning team

The Harris Lamb Planning team

All property services are provided for their national property portfolio of over 700 units including full property management of the portfolio, rent reviews and lease renewal negotiations, building consultancy, rating advice, planning and agency including the acquisition of business premises and identification and delivery of site crematoria.

Ciaran Nolan, Commercial Development Manager for Dignity stated: “We are delighted with the outcome of this planning exercise; this is another example of the high level of service provided by Harris Lamb and the hard work which they and the rest of our team put into preparing the application and working with Council officers to reach a successful conclusion.”