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Crematorium plans submitted for planning approval

Created on 06/01/2021 @ 13:55
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Plans to build a crematorium near Caersws have been formally submitted to Powys County Council.

Powys Crematorium Limited intends to build a crematorium on a  13.66 hectare site north of the B4568 road at Ael Y Bryn, between Caersws and Aberhafesp.

Powys County Councillor for Dolforwyn at Abermule, Cllr Gareth Pugh, is registered as the only company director for Powys Crematorium Limited on the Companies House website.

The nearest crematoria are at Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury, which are both around 40 miles from the site.

The plans include providing a green burial site as well as create a garden of remembrance, new and improved access arrangements, and car parking area.

Cllr Pugh is a member of the PCC Planning committee and a spokesman has said that he will be taking “no part” or commenting on the process.

Due to his involvement it is expected that the PCC’s Planning committee would decide the proposal at a future stage.

A pre-planning application consultation was held for a month up to 4 December 2020. This is a statutory requirement of any planning application over a certain size.

According to the pre-application report by agent, Alan Southerby, the idea has had a mixed reception with people both for and against the proposal.

Mr Southerby, said: “The applicant accepts that a new crematorium facility is likely to be a matter that will engender an element of public objection and is pleased to have received feedback on its proposals.

“It is encouraging that there is a recognition that such a facility is required, even if those who have voiced their concerns believe it is in the wrong location.

“The applicant has taken the time to deal with and answer many of the issues raised in correspondence directly with those who raised concerns.

“Fundamentally, the applicant considers that there is a sound case for promoting the scheme.”

Mr Southerby added: “Following the pre-application consultation process, the application proposals remain essentially unchanged given that no overriding or fundamental objections were received to either the design or layout of the proposed development.”

Objections included:

Highway safety
Location –  ‘brownfield’ sites closer to larger centres of population and
a more central Powys location would be better
The scheme would damage the environment
Lack of business plan and detail of how much use is expected
Too close to people’s homes.
Support included:

Much needed facility for the community, convenient and reduces need to travel
Green burial option is good
Beautiful and peaceful setting
Like the modern design


By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service



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