AN APPLICATION has been submitted for a crematorium near St Asaph - four years after a similar proposal for the St Asaph area was turned down.
Chichester-based company Memoria Ltd lodged the plans, for land south of Glascoed Road, to the west of the city, last week.
Along with the crematorium building the plans include a garden of remembrance, a new access road and car parking for 102 vehicles.
The proposed site is on 1.65 hectares of pasture land, 2km to the west of St Asaph and 2km south of the A55.
It sits surrounded by more agricultural land, between St Asaph business park and a terrace of cottages on Glascoed Road.
A design and access statement from Genesis Town Planning, acting on behalf of Memoria Ltd, says: “This application has arisen out of recognition by crematoria operators, local funeral directors and clergy that there is a need to make provision for a crematorium in the locality.
“Currently Denbighshire is served by three crematoria, Colwyn Bay Crematorium, Chester Crematorium and Wrexham (Pentrebychan) Crematorium.
“All these facilities lie outside the administrative boundary of Denbighshire which necessitates residents travelling long distances to access crematorium services.”
It says Memoria Ltd is “an experienced operator of crematoria facilities” and want to develop the site “to ensure the residents of Denbighshire have access to their own crematorium”.
But a previous application for a St Asaph-area crematorium by Oxford-based Mercia Crematoria Developments in 2009 faced overwhelming opposition.
The 2009 application was close to the village of Rhuallt, to the east of St Asaph.
Planned for land off Holywell Road the proposed crematorium was to hold 1,200 funerals a year but was unsupported by Rhuallt Community Council amid worries about the impact on the small village.
It met with protests from residents who feared Rhuallt would become a “village of the dead”, house prices would be affected and traffic chaos caused by slow funeral corteges on the A55, especially around accident black spot Rhuallt Hill.
The new application and associated documents can be viewed at on Denbighshire County Council’s website at http://planning.denbighshire.gov.uk/ under reference 31/2013/1069.