MORE details of a new crematorium in Heaton have been revealed by Bradford Council.

As part of major changes to its bereavement services, the Council plans to replace two crematoria and refurbish a third.

Nab Wood Crematorium will be shut under the plans, with a replacement facility built at Long Lane in Heaton, next to Northcliffe Golf Club.

A planning application for the development has now been submitted, and includes artists impressions of the crematorium building and garden of remembrance.

As well as a new chapel and crematorium building, the plans include the Garden of Remembrance, monument, a floral tribute garden an entrance and junction with Long Lane, 199 space car park with overflow capacity to allow for 300 cars and cycle parking.

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The 6.2 hectare site is in the Green Belt, but the Council argues that due to laws about where crematoria can and can’t be built, the site is one of the only suitable locations for the facility in the District.

The Council’s Bereavement Strategy will also see Scholemoor Crematorium closed, with a new facility built on a field off Shetcliffe Lane, Bierley.

Oakworth Crematorium will be demolished and re-built.

And there will also be an expansion of the Muslim burial ground at Scholemoor Cemetery.

The Council had said its existing crematoria were operating four years beyond their manufacturer’s life span, with existing facilities at Nab Wood and Scholemoor unable to house the larger, more environmentally friendly new cremation ovens.

Before announcing this Heaton site, which was privately owned, as the chosen location, the Council had included Northcliffe Park in Shipley as a possible replacement site for the Nab Wood Crematorium. This led to a huge outcry from the public and campaigns urging the Council to drop the park in favour of a private site.

The application for the Heaton Crematorium says: “The proposals present a high quality design, which will make a significant and positive contribution to Bradford Council’s Bereavement Services. Providing a facility that is not only flexible, but a contemporary facility that responds to our ever changing needs, creating a unique experience individual to each service - accessible to all.

“The scheme has been designed to meet 21st Century expectations of the bereaved by providing a high quality facility, with reflective spaces for memorials, as well as reducing the service’s carbon footprint through new abatement technology.”

A decision on the application is expected in September.