Burstow's plan gets nod

PLANS for an extension to the Burstow's Funeral Home in Warwick have been given the final tick of approval by the Southern Downs Regional Council.

Councillors voted in favour of the proposal at last week's general meeting, with the Willi St premises now in line for replacement of an existing residential building on the site with a multi-purpose centre and chapel, which will include a state of the art web-streaming facility.

Co-director Don Burstow said in early November the development plans would cater for a wide number of people.

"Our hope is to create a chapel on site and also an area for people to have a cuppa afterwards," he told the Daily News.

"Most families are well catered for within their church communities in Warwick, but there are a number of families who for one reason or another aren't comfortable in that area.

"For those people, their only other funeral option tends to be a graveside service. We're just trying to create that chapel option for graveside services."

The chapel will be large enough to seat up to 120 people and will feature a live web-streaming facility, to allow relatives who can't travel to a service to still be a part of proceedings.

Council officers have placed nearly 40 separate conditions on the development, including operating hours of 8am and 5pm from Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Other conditions include control of noise, screen fencing and landscaping, widening of vehicle access ways and the construction of a two-metre-wide footpath along the Willi St frontage of the funeral home.

"It (the expansion) will give us a number of options," Mr Burstow said last month.

"We know families have appreciated it greatly in our other chapels and we're keen to make that available to Warwick people.

"It's certainly been well-embraced in our facility in Toowoomba and those separated by distance have really appreciated watching the service as it happens."

With the chapel expected to be used once or twice a week when it is established, Mr Burstow said he was confident it wouldn't impact on neighbours.

"It's fairly low-volume usage and we believe there won't be any negative impact on the surrounding area," he said.

Burstows hopes to start building work in the first quarter of 2012 and have said they will use as many local tradesmen as possible.

"We always have a commitment to buy locally and to support people locally and we're very mindful of that.

"One of our preferred builders based in Toowoomba employs a few Warwick tradesmen.

"Even in any of the fitting out of the facility, we'll be trying to do that locally whenever possible."

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