Published: Mon 11th April, 2022
Works to develop a second cemetery in Loughborough are nearing completion.
Charnwood Borough Council has created the new Nanpantan Road Cemetery in Watermead Lane which includes space for natural burials and memorial gardens.
Work got underway last year, and the cemetery will be ready for the first interments when it is formally opened towards the end of the summer.
Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough, said: “It is great that work to develop a new respectful resting place for the town is almost complete.
“The town can be proud of the new facility which will also provide a place of reflection and offer fantastic views of the Outwoods.
“We worked closely with partners to ensure the development of the cemetery had no adverse impacts on wildlife and that the landscaping blended into the natural surroundings.
“As a Council, we are committed to investing in local services and this cemetery will serve Loughborough for the next 100 years.
“We still have some minor works to complete before the new cemetery opens later this year but I would like to thank local residents, businesses and our local sports clubs for their understanding and co-operation while major works have been carried out.”
The cemetery is being developed in phases with this first phase including space for over 5,000 burials which will last for 100 years on current burial trends.
Around 200 new trees have been planted during this first phase as well as a wide range of plants and shrubs, all of which will combine to provide food and habitat resources for wildlife.
Over 400 metres of new beech hedging has been planted to provide corridors, foraging and protection for birds, mammals and reptiles.
A new multi-use games area has been created for residents nearby as part of the project to allow for a range of sports such as mini tennis, netball, basketball and football.
Vehicles can access Nanpantan Road Cemetery via Nanpantan Road. The access road to the sports facility has been extended towards the site.
The Council’s open spaces partner, idverde has carried out the work to develop Nanpantan Road Cemetery.
The Council is planning to hold a formal open day later this year to enable local residents to visit the new Nanpantan Road Cemetery and find out more about the facility.
For more information about Nanpantan Road Cemetery, please visit: www.charnwood.gov.uk/NanpantanCemetery
The current cemetery in Leicester Road is expected to run out of space within the next year.
A consultation exercise was held by the Council in 2018 to choose the location for a new one which is near Nanpantan Sports Ground and on land owned by the Council.
The town’s crematorium will remain in Leicester Road.