St Asaph crematorium plan is rejected


Alex Watt

THERE was relief among residents of Cefn Meiriadog today as county planners knocked back an application to build a crematorium near their homes.

15 members of Denbighshire's planning committee voted against the proposal by Memoria Ltd. Only four members supported the plan while another four abstained.

St Asaph County Councillor Bill Cowie recommended the refusal at today’s planning meeting.

He said: “Is there a need? The answer has to be yes.

“Is the site suitable the answer has to be no.  The funeral directors have said no which speaks volumes.

“Once the land is gone it’s gone forever.”  

Concerns about accessibility to the site near Glascoed Road and that the proposals went against Denbighshire's Local Development Plan (LDP) were raised at the meeting.

After the meeting Martin Barlow, chairman of Cefn Meiriadog and Glascoed Road Residents and Users Group, who have objected against the plans, said: “I have to say that right has prevailed.

“The decision that was made was the right decision because if is in keeping with Denbighsire’s Local Development Plan (LDP).

“It would have been a bit of a travesty if the LDP had been contravened.”

Planning members awknowdged there is a need for a crematorium but this site was not suitable

Local residents protested outside County Hall, Ruthin, this morning before the meeting started.

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