Pre-application advice has been sought from Cornwall Council for a crematorium facility ‘ Atlantic View’ at Coppathorne, Poundstock, on land west of the A39. The planning number is PA19/01632/PREAPP
The Bazeley Partnership has submitted the application for their client on a site described as under-used agricultural land.
The advice given seems to suggest that the need for an additional crematorium is unproven (the nearest are at Barnstaple or Bodmin) and the site may not be the most suitable, so these issues need addressing.
The Council Planning Dept suggests quantitative evidence regarding the need, including projected population and planned growth within the Cornwall Local Plan. However, it does suggest that funeral corteges should be able to reach their destination within 30 minutes, so that implies one is needed – but is Poundstock the best site for the population? Access via the A39 is good but local settlements are obviously concerned about having such a facility on their doorstep.
While the east of Cornwall may benefit from a closer crematorium, there are also voiced concerns relating to poor consultation as highlighted in this Bude & Stratton Post article. However, this is pre-application advice, not an application.