THE outcome of an appeal over a proposed crematorium in Hooton will be announced next month.
Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, says she will decide on the controversial scheme “on or before September 12, 2008.”
She appointed a planning inspector to hold a three-day public inquiry at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall and later the Quality Hotel in Little Sutton in April. He is now preparing a report for Miss Blears.
Crematorium Management Ltd wants to build the facility to serve the entire borough on a field in Waterworks Lane.
It would provide 1,260 cremations a year, seat 96 people with another 150 standing, have a garden of remembrance, a landscaping and conservation scheme and four full-time and two part-time staff.
But the scheme was turned down by the borough’s planning committee which declared it would fail to safeguard the countryside from encroachment.
Around 100 supporters and Hooton Crematorium Action Group protesters attended the planning meeting.