Section 78 Appeal APP/A6835/A/15/3005992
Memoria Ltd – Land at Kelserton Lane/Oakenholt Lane, Near Northop
Northop Hall Community Council would like to raise the following comments and objections in relation to the appeal by Memoria Ltd on the decision by Flintshire County Council to refuse planning permission to build a crematorium:
1. The application to construct a crematorium at this location will result in a significant increase in road traffic in and around Northop Hall village because it will be used as one of the main routes to access the crematorium. Existing roads in Northop Hall are already used as short cuts to Connah’s Quay and Northop.
2. The alternative location of Tyddyn Starkey is a more suitable site because it is more easily accessible and therefore will result in less additional road traffic through the village of Northop Hall.
3. The application proposes to widen Oakenholt Lane from the site entrance to the junction with the B5126. The Council believe this is insufficient and that the whole length of the lane would have to be widened to ensure safety. If the road was widened to the maximum possible there would be no footpaths.
4. Oakenholt Lane has long established hedgerows which are home to insects, birds and other wildlife. Any widening of the lane would cause these hedgerows to be uprooted, destroying any habitat that may be present.
5. Oakenholt Lane provides an access route to three farms. One of the farms requires regular access from its exit onto Oakenholt Lane to the B5126 with large farm machinery. Even if Oakenholt Lane was widened from the crematorium entrance to the B5126, a major safety hazard would still remain. It would result in either party possibly having to reverse onto the B5126 which has a 50mph speed limit. Farm access is required on a twenty four hour basis.
6. Plas Bellin Hall, providing temporary supported accommodation for up to twenty three local families, is located in Oakenholt Lane. Families regularly use the lane to walk to local amenities and the children use this route to walk to the bus stop situated at the junction with the B5126. There is no pavement so the families walk on Oakenholt Lane itself. This route is already used by services and visitors to Plas Bellin Hall. The significant increased traffic as a result of a crematorium at this site will pose a real danger to these families who walk on Oakenholt Lane, including young children.
7. The application identified proposed opening hours and suggested one hour time slots at the crematorium. This will not alleviate any traffic issues within Northop Hall village because of the number of vehicles that could be in any one funeral cortège.
8. There will be increased traffic using the routes through the village on weekends and during the evening. This will be when families visit the crematorium to pay their respects to their loved ones.
9. There have been a number of accidents in this area on the B5126 and speeding cars have been identified as a problem. A Highways report has been submitted as an objection to the application.
10. The site address has been incorrectly reported and reports previously submitted make reference to the site being on agricultural land within the open countryside.
11. Under the former authority (Delyn Borough Council) the Cricket Club sought advice about submitting an application to build a Pavilion on this site and to have a change of use from agricultural land to a sports facility (cricket). They were told that it would not be successful and would be refused because it was a development in open countryside; there would be additional traffic issues in relation to access and also the way into and out of this site.
12. A local resident from Oakenholt Lane was refused planning permission for a development relating to access onto the lane, with access issues being cited as the reason.
13. The traffic potentially using Oakenholt Lane could increase if proposals for a traveller’s site in this location receive planning permission.
14. The development will be seen from Northop Hall and will have a detrimental impact on the landscape of the area.
The Community Council wish you to consider these matters as part of the appeal made by Memoria Ltd.
Points 11, 12 and 13 have moved on somewhat since the letter was written and these will be addressed in any verbal representations made by the Community Council as part of the Public Inquiry process. Any member of the public who has any feelings or views either for or against the application to build a crematorium should consider attending the Public Inquiry which starts on 10.00am Wednesday 16 September 2015 at the Beaufort Park Hotel in New Brighton and register to speak as part of this process.
Details of Morris Homes Planning Application Appeal
Flintshire County Council refused planning permission to build 36 affordable dwellings with associated parking, access, habitat creation and public open space on land at Llys Ben in Northop Hall. An Inspector has been appointed by Welsh Ministers to determine the appeal by Morris Homes Ltd and this will take place in the Alyn & Deeside Room County Hall, Mold on 17 & 18 March 2015.
Special Planning and Development Committee 12 February 2015
Flintshire County Council Special Planning & Development Control Committee met on 12 February 2015 and members rejected Memoria Ltd’s application to build a crematorium facility on land on Oakenholt Lane. Councillors voted 13-8 to refuse the proposal because they had concerns over highway issues. There were eight letters of support for the Memoria application and 136 letters of objection.