CAMPAIGNERS opposing a controversial crematorium say their efforts won’t be harmed by a decision to reject a similar scheme.
Denbighshire Council yesterday rejected plans for a crematorium in St Asaph despite their officer's recommendations for approval.
Plans have been submitted to Flintshire Council for a crematorium at Northop by funeral director Edward Davies.
Mr Davies, of JE Davies and Sons, believes he has proved the need for a crematorium in Flintshire and feels his case is robust enough to remain confident his scheme will get the green light.
“I am as confident as I can be as far as planning issues are concerned,” he said.
“We acknowledge the decision in Denbighshire but no matter what the outcome was we have a robust case in this area.
“We are going ahead with it. The consultation report commissioned by Flintshire Council showed there is a strong need for this.”
John Williams, acting on behalf of Mr Davies, said: “The Denbighshire decision could be beneficial to our cause but individually both applications stand alone and that is how they will be judged.”
Opinion on Mr Davies’ proposal has been split since his plans for a 10-acre crematorium on a 23-acre plot of land near Starkey Farm first surfaced in 2012.
Community councillors in Northop last year voted not to support his plans, which are now in the hands of Flintshire Council.
But supporters of the bid have taken to social networking website Facebook to pledge their backing, while those opposing the plans have formed their own group to make their feelings heard.
No2NorthopCrem campaigner Steve Petter said: “We have not been following the St Asaph application as we are concentrating on the Northop one.
“Regardless of the outcome following the decision taken by Denbighshire’s planning committee, we believe Flintshire Council will judge the Northop application against the planning policies and objectives set out in the council’s unitary development plan.”
Denbighshire Council’s planning committee rejected the St Asaph bid put forward by Memoria Limited on grounds the application went against the county's Local Development Plan.
They also knocked back the application over concerns about increased traffic and its impact on highways, as well as a lack of public transport to the proposed site.
Martin Davidson, also a No2NorthopCrem campaigner, said: “There is no chance the decision surrounding the St Asaph application will have any bearing on the one in Flintshire.
"They are two completely different applications."
A decision is expected from Flintshire Council later this year.