Plans to provide a new crematorium to serve the residents of east Leeds and surrounding villages will go on show to the public at Garforth next week.
The new crematorium would be built on land currently occupied by the driving range on Long Lane between Barwick in Elmet and Garforth.
Families from the area currently use crematoria which lie beyond a 30-minute drive time of a funeral cortege.
The new site has been identified by Westerleigh Group, a developer of new crematoria. A spokesman for the company said: “Lawnswood, Rawdon and Cottingley crematoria are all operating at above capacity. The congestion means that the length of funerals is restricted to just 30 minutes.
“The situation is particularly bad during the winter when the death rate can be 40 per cent higher than the average. The lack of capacity of existing crematoria during this period results in delays of three weeks in being able to book a time at a crematorium.”
The proposed site is likely to cater for around 1,100 cremations per year – an average of fewer than five per day. The aim is for one-hour funeral slots.
The company’s development director Steve Bucknell said: “Westerleigh is hoping to offer people in and around East Leeds a much more convenient and attractive facility. The current facilities are too far away, and are just too busy to be able to offer the time and space that many families need when paying their last respects to loved one.”
The exhibition will take place at Garforth Golf Club Long Lane on Tuesday, July 11 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm.