Plans submitted to Cornwall Council in 2021, to build a crematorium facility on land west of the A39 at Poundstock, attracted little under five hundred comments, which included 327 objections and 126 supporting. An online petition gathered 389 signatures.

Planning permission for the Atlantic View Crematorium near Bude was granted by Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee. Currently, families have to travel long distances to Bodmin or Barnstaple from crematorium facilities, but there has been a strong campaign to halt the proposal for Bude with some objectors suggesting brownfield sites at Holsworthy or Launceston are used instead.

Local councillors were torn. Cllr Peter La Broy supported the application, feeling that it supports the community, reduces carbon emissions and would not impact the tourist trade. Cllr Nicky Chopak, however, backed the objections, concerned for local residents and landscapes, plus tourism.

It was approved with seven votes in favour and four against.

Poundstock Crematorium – photo from Cornwall Council