Northop crematorium plans set to become clearer with meeting


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A DECISION over a controversial planning application to build a new crematorium is set to be made at a special meeting next month.

Flintshire Council’s planning committee will meet next Wednesday to set up a special planning and development control committee to determine whether to grant permission for the construction of the crematorium in Northop.

A council report says any applications deemed to be of “major significance” must be dealt with in this way.

It adds: “This application is considered to be for a development of major significance and issues of local and regional importance will be raised which will require careful consideration.

“The proposed is a unique application which has generated significant interest both within and outside the county and the outcome of which will have an affect not only locally but also at a sub-regional level.”

The special meeting will also hear consideration of other possible sites for the development across the county.

Blueprints for the ambitious project, which would see the 10-acre crematorium built on a 23-acre site off Starkey Lane, Northop, were first unveiled in July last year, having been submitted to Flintshire Council by funeral directors J E Davies and Son.

Currently bereaved families have to travel to either Blacon Crematorium in Chester, Pentrebychan Crematorium in Wrexham or Colwyn Bay.

Opponents say the crematorium would result in a significant increase in traffic, impacting the community and potentially harming the ecology of the area.

Last November Northop community councillors announced they would not be supporting the plan, citing the weight of public opinion as a major factor in their decision.

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