Plans for Bolton's first pet crematorium refused
PLANS to build Bolton’s first pet crematorium have been thrown out after they were branded “industrial, misleading and inappropriate”.
Pet Cremation Service (PCS) had applied for permission to build on three acres of green belt land, just off the Firwood industrial estate in Tonge Moor, which is a designated site of biological interest.
With nine pet cemeteries across the country, PCS claims to offer pets a “dignified send-off while providing total peace of mind to owners”.
But Bolton Council’s planning committee unanimously refused permission for the scheme, which included a garden of remembrance.
The committee also considered the Thicketford Road site’s green belt location, its biological importance, its position on a floodplain and the adverse impact it would have on the character of the area when making their decision.
Cllr Nick Peel said: “When you look at the nature of the operation details you have to sense that this is more than a family pet crematorium, “I can think of no good reason whatsoever to approve this.”
The council received six letters of objection to the application, with opponents accusing PCS of presenting an industrial incinerator for animal carcasses as a garden of remembrance.
Cllr Martin Donaghy, a ward councillor for Tonge with the Haulgh, said he had been similarly duped.
He added: “We quickly realised that this is an industrial process and a big business sited in our green belt, and on a site of biological interest.”
PCS had also failed to reassure neighbours of the affect the crematorium would have on air quality, with details of emissions from the site “inadequate”, according to Cllr Peel.
PCS arranges collections for cremations with veterinary practices and owners can decide whether they want to attend the cremation or collect the ashes from the vet’s practice.
They describe themselves as a “caring family company dedicated to providing pets with the very best dignity when they pass away”.
But, in addition to cremating pets, the company also expert collects, stores and transfers veterinary waste from practices and wanted to include these facilities at the Tonge Moor site.
Cllr Robert Allen said: “A grinding room, two incinerators and a waste store room?
“This does not sound like the requirements of a family pet crematorium.”
Pet Cremation Service said they did not want to comment on the decision and would not confirm whether or not they intend to appeal.
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