Greenacres plans to expand ceremonial building removed

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PLANS requesting permission to expand the ceremonial building over a wooded burial site have been withdrawn.

Proposals for the Greenacres site in Rainford were sent to council in February.

Plans called for an extension of the existing Ceremonial Hall building; including office space, two family rooms; reception area; exterior pergola and a ground bund for visual screen of the chapel.

GreenAcres Rainford, which opened in 2014, is a cemetery and ceremonial park located in Blindfoot Road, Rainford and set in acres of natural woodland to provide a tranquil location for memorial services, cremations and burials.

A design and access statement, drafted by planning officers CDS Group on behalf of Greenacres, said: “The extension has been designed to complement the design of the original building, which contains strong angular forms, sharp angles and an autonomous and singular composition”.

He adds “avoids clashing with the dominant angular shapes by introducing rounded corners that blend into the hilly landscape”.

Meanwhile, the landscape seawall was “sculpted to sit comfortably and naturally in the landscape and obscure views from the main paths leading to the ceremonial hall”.

The extension has been “positioned to the south of the existing building, minimizing the visual impact on the site and its setting”, add the plans and “access remains unchanged”.

It concludes: “The proposals will facilitate the day-to-day operations of the site and “the overall impact of the proposal is negligible”.

The request has since been withdrawn.

In a notice of decision, a planning officer told the applicant whether he intended to resubmit the application: “I suggest that you first speak to the case officer to discuss any changes or revisions to the proposals”.

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