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Campaigners shocked by crematorium 'rival' objection

Published date: 12 March 2014 |
Published by: Alex Watt
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CAMPAIGNERS opposing plans for a crematorium in Denbighshire are stunned that the commercial developers have objected to a similar project in Flintshire.

Memoria Ltd say the application for a crematorium in Northop would not affect its own proposal near St Asaph.

But the company submitted a formal objection to JE Davies & Sons' plans in August.

Martin Barlow, chair of the Cefn Meiriadog and Glascoed Road Residents and Users Group, said: “It is quite bewildering.

Memoria have objected to the proposed crematorium in Northop on the grounds that it is outside designated development boundaries but that is precisely the major objection to their own proposal for a crematorium on open farmland in Cefn Meiriadog.”

Cefn resident Brian Howes added: “Memoria’s claim that the application in Flintshire is not a material consideration in the determination of their application in Denbighshire is contradicted by their objection to the Flintshire application.

“However, there is an even more profound and very disturbing inconsistency in their objecting to it on grounds of it being outside development boundaries and there being no alternative site assessment provided. Those are exactly the grounds on which their own application should be refused.”

Jamieson Hodgson, business development director at Memoria Ltd, said an objection had been made.

He said: “In 2009, Memoria approached both Flintshire and Denbighshire about developing and operating a crematorium in each county.

“When Mr Davies submitted his Northop crematorium application, we objected on planning grounds. Mr Davies is proposing to develop a crematorium in ‘Green
Barrier’ designated land.”

He added: “Mr Davies of JE Davies & Son had also objected to Memoria's application. Our grounds for objection were on the basis that Mr Davies, at that point, had not submitted a proper need assessment and that there were several suitable sites for a crematorium in Flintshire that were outside the Green Barrier designation. We obviously knew this because we had undertaken a site search for our own purposes.

“We have always said that we believe there to be a need for a new crematorium in Flintshire as well as Denbighshire and a consent in either location would not impact
the other in terms of need.”

Edward Davies, of JE Davies & Sons, said: “I'm surprised that they (Memoria Ltd) objected to our proposal as the need for our crematorium has proven to be much greater.

“If the plans for Flintshire crematorium go ahead, it's debatable whether theirs would be needed as it's so close to Colwyn Bay. Ours is centrally located to the area in which it's going to better serve the needs of the area.”

The Denbighshire application will be voted on by Denbighshire County Council planning committee at County Hall, Ruthin, on Wednesday, March 19.

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