Following a lengthy battle with a similar scheme, a £5m project to build a new crematorium in Flintshire is finally underway, with developers set to start work on the site in July of this year.
The proposals for a facility near the village of Northop were initially rejected by councillors. However, following a planning enquiry the project was finally given the go-ahead, having defined a great need for a crematorium in the area. Previous objections mainly surrounded road safety and the visual impact of the building proposed by Memoria Ltd.
As a result, Flintshire’s first crematorium will now be sited on land between Kelsterton and Oakenholt Lanes in the village. Until now, the nearest crematoria serving the residents of Flintshire are in Chester and Colwyn Bay.
“We are currently finalising our remaining pre-commencement conditions with the hope of starting on site in July,” said Jamieson Hodgson, from the Oxfordshire-based firm, Memoria.
“This means that we will aim to be open by mid-2018 so we can finally provide this much-needed public service facility to the people of Flintshire.”
While great news for the firm, it has taken three years to get to this final phase, with objections and concerns from a rival scheme having a bearing. Back in 2014, a similar business saw their application to build a crematorium at a neighbouring site in Northop rejected. Expectedly, the funeral director and those who initially rejected the project back in 2014 opposed the plans set out by Memoria Ltd.
Inspector Vicki Hirst concluded that none of the objections raised during the inquiry outweighed proposals put forward by the company.
Memoria Ltd will now have to address both new and historic complaints when constructing the building. This will include carrying out road widening near the site before developers start with the ground work.