PLANS have been put forward for a £250,000 project to transform the vacant Tennyson Lodge building in Sutton on Sea into a funeral home.
Lincolnshire Co-operative have bought the Trusthorpe Road site, formerly the St Barnabas Hospice, with plans to provide a funeral home including a chapel of rest, arrangement offices, a memorial display area, a garage and storage facilities.
It is planned that the new site would replace the company’s current facilities in Grove Road, relocating staff.
The site was previously owned by Lincolnshire charity St Barnabas as a day care centre for the terminally ill, but closed in September last year.
According to the plans the site will remain broadly in its current format, with the addition of a garage to the rear for the hearses and limousines, and Lincolnshire Co-op signage.
The documents also say that only two or three people will be based on the site at any time.
The plans are now with East Lindsey District Council after Mablethorpe Town Council supported them with the recommendation that the garage be brought forward away from the rear boundary.
Lincolnshire Co-operative’s Head of Funeral Services, David Dernley, said: “If planning permission was granted for this scheme, we would be able to relocate our Sutton on Sea team to a new site.
“We believe the new site would enable us to provide an even higher standard of care to our clients in their time of need as it would be more accessible and have a better layout than our existing funeral home.
“It will also offer more parking for our clients.”
Lincolnshire Co-operative also have a funeral branch in Mablethorpe High Street as well as Alford and Louth.
The district council’s planners will now decide on the project in the coming months.
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