Plans for a crematorium in Wealden

Wealden District Council has submitted plans for the district’s first crematorium.wealden-district-council-un

It will be to the south of Horam at Horeham Flat Farm, Chiddingly Road, with access off the A267 and will include memorial gardens, woodland walks, parking areas and landscaped grounds.

Documents submitted with the planning application say the crematorium would be available for services five days a week, with a maximum of six services daily. This would allow for up to 1500 cremations a year.

There would be 150 parking spaces, divided into two parts. The main car park would accommodate all the mourners at most ceremonies while an overflow car park could be used during larger ceremonies.

“One of our key aims is to allow an hour for every service so that loved ones can pay their respects in a proper manner,” said Cllr Bob Standley, Leader of Wealden District Council in a press release.

“By giving a longer time for each service, than many other crematoria, we are confident that there will be a more relaxed atmosphere at what is a difficult time for families.

“Through an understanding of modern design, we believe the Wealden crematorium will provide a dignified, compassionate facility which will serve people of all faiths and none.

“The Chapel and Flower Court will lead on to a landscaped Garden of Remembrance to provide a last resting place for the scattering of ashes for those who wish to take up this option.

“A Book of Remembrance, housed in an antechamber to the Chapel, will ensure they are not forgotten.”

The press release says discussions with various faith groups and local undertakers have helped create the design for the new Wealden facility.

It adds that as part of the planning process, provisions are being put forward for conserving and managing the farmland around the crematorium so that the facility will be hidden in the landscape.

The application also includes improvements to the A267 to maintain the free flow of traffic as well as extensive on-site parking.

The planning application can be viewed online on the Wealden website, search using the application number WD/2016/2533/MAJ. The public is invited to comment on the application. The closing date for comments is November 25, 2016.

Chiddingly Parish Council is concerned about the location of the development and the effect it could have on the narrow lanes of Chiddingly village, which they say are already in a very poor state of repair.

They have requested sufficient signage to say there is no vehicular access from Nash Street and want directions on the crematorium’s website and directions on any paperwork to ensure the roads of Chiddingly parish are not affected.

Horam Parish Council too wants to ensure detailed mapping ensures funeral directors use the main road and not the lanes surrounding the site.

They have also requested air quality is measured by way of an Emission Dispersal Model.

• Wealden has produced a Frequently Asked Questions sheet which can be seen via this page on the council website. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a link.

One of the questions asks ‘What about the extra air pollution that will result’ and gives the answer: “The proposed facility will meet all of the latest stringent enviornmental safeguards as required by current environmental pollution protection laws. The emission controls will take account of visible pollution as well as the potential for emissions from toxic gases, dust or other material.”

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