Plans for pet crematorium with its own farewell room shelved

East Lothian Council had previously granted permission for the proposals in Musselburgh.

Plans to create pet crematorium at site of former garage in Musselburgh shelved iStock

Plans for a pet crematorium at a former garage site in Musselburgh have been shelved.

The proposals, which were submitted to East Lothian Council last year, included a farewell room and small onsite cremator.

The plans were lodged by Eschaton MMXX Ltd, a firm set up by Darius and Jana Ruminas, from Whitecraig, however they have since been withdrawn.

The couple said they had originally been granted permission for the crematorium in Edinburgh but the site fell through, leading them to look at Musselburgh.

The crematorium plans included an office and reception areas with a farewell room behind it and the cremator in a separate section at the back, with direct vehicle access also included in the plans.

The original plans for a pet crematorium were given the go-ahead by Edinburgh City Council during the summer for an industrial site at Marine Esplanade, in Leith.

Initially it had been planned to use two shipping containers with the cremator housed in one and an office, waiting area and farewell room in the second.

However, applicants said this plan had fallen through stating: “The Edinburgh location is no longer available.”

Now planners have confirmed the proposals have been withdrawn for the Musselburgh site, although no reason for the decision has been published on the local authority’s planning portal. 

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