The views expressed in this page do not represent those of the Planning Inspectorate. This page consists of content submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by the public and other interested parties, giving their views of this proposal.
Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm
Received 05 July 2022
From Genesis Town Planning on behalf of Memoria Ltd
“We act on behalf of Memoria Ltd who own and operate the Denbighshire Memorial Park and Crematorium, Glascoed Road, Saint Asaph, LL17 0LG. The crematorium and memorial park is directly impacted by the proposed development which would cause substantial harm to the operation of the facility resulting in the complete loss of the quiet and tranquil setting necessary for funerals to take place. Construction Traffic Temporary Access: Of particular concern is the routing of construction traffic to the proposed site of the sub station along Glascoed Road, passed the crematorium. The introduction of heavy vehicles and constant construction traffic movements within such close proximity to a sensitive receptor, such as a crematorium, would have a significant impact on the operation of the facility. The site of the crematorium was chosen because of its tranquil and peaceful setting, which is a necessary requirement to assist the bereaved in coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The proximity of Glascoed road and the use of it by construction traffic, would result in harm to this tranquil setting No amount of noise mitigation or landscaping would overcome the harm identified. Whilst the routing of construction traffic along Glascoed Road may have been the subject of detailed assessment and analysis we suggest that there has been no regard for the impact on the operation of the crematorium that would arise as a result. The most sensible solution would be to utilise a construction and haul road serving the sub station site either from the north, close to interchange with the North Wales Expressway (A55), or alternatively from the east through St Asaph Business Park where existing commercial activities exist. It makes no sense to bring traffic along Glascoed Road when suitable access could be achieved from Llys Edmund Prys or from Carlton Close across open fields to the site. Here the road widths are adequate, and the junction designed to accommodate large articulated vehicles associated with the commercial use of the business park. The existing commercial occupiers of the business park are not as noise sensitive when compared to a crematorium use. This approach would also encourage construction and associated traffic to utilise the A55 rather than the narrower country lanes to the south. In addition, scope to access the proposed sub station from the south of the A55 interchange along Ffordd William Morgan should also be explored further. This would avoid any construction traffic impacting on St Asaph Business Park, Glascoed Road, or the crematorium. We therefore request that further consideration be given to the location and routing of the construction access to the proposed sub station. Maintenance Access to the East of the Crematorium: We note that the submitted details indicate the introduction of a maintenance access to serve the cable route. This access is located immediately to the west boundary of the site, adjacent to the existing crematorium and memorial gardens. This access follows a hedge line, utilising existing field gates into the field to the land to the south along the alignment of the cable route. We see no reason why this maintenance access cannot be repositioned to the western boundary of the same field. There is simply no necessity for it to 'hug' the crematorium boundary. Whilst we note that the use of this access may be infrequent, any activity of that nature along the route and in proximity to the building would impact on the quiet enjoyment of the facility by mourners. The crematorium is in constant use, and undertakes over 1,500 cremations per annum, in addition to bereaved families visiting the gardens of remembrance. To have vehicles operating so close to the site, with the associated, noise, activity and visual disruption would be harmful to the operation of the crematorium.”