Recently, Bude & Beyond unveiled new plans for a crematorium facility in Poundstock Parish, towards Widemouth Bay.
This led to so much discussion on the Facebook page, for both sides in the for/against debate, that the debate was left on Facebook.
A pre-application was submitted (PA19/01632/PREAPP) for a crematorium facility ‘Atlantic View’ at Coppathorne, Poundstock, Bude, Cornwall, on land West of the A39 between Bude and the road leading to the Widemouth Manor Hotel.
The council advised the applicant that a public consultation should be carried out before submitting a full planning application. The applicant is now conducting this public consultation prior to submitting the full application which they have said they will submit at the end of December 2020
However, in an astonishing new development, possibly unprecedented, my attention has been drawn to a petition to Councillor Steve Pawley of Poundstock Parish Council, to ‘show support for the plans’. The petition at the time of writing has 63 signatures and aspires to 100. This was apparently set up in response to a petition opposing the proposal, for which the link is here. At the time of writing this petition has 60 signatures and says:
We wish to gather evidence that there is a strong opposition to this development in an area of great beauty which is a busy holiday destination.
Sign here if you agree that the development is in the wrong location.
Meanwhile, the petition in support says:
We wish to gather evidence that there is a strong support to this development in an area of great beauty which will be a fantastic local facility supporting the growing town of Bude and it’s neighbouring towns and villages.
Sign here if you agree that the development is in a great location with design in keeping with it’s surroundings and will provide a vital amenity to support our bustling seaside town.
If you are still making up your mind, given the two opposing petitions, the full proposal and plans can be viewed in full here where there is an opportunity to express your views.
As someone on the Facebook page pointed out, the survey questions are undeniably designed to be heavily in favour of the scheme but there are spaces for longer answers which are more open-ended.
The proposal will be submitted whatever, but “feedback given during this public consultation will help to inform any amendments made to the proposal, before a planning application is submitted”.