BUCHAN councillors have deferred an application for a proposed crematorium on the outskirts of Crimond in a bid to get further information from the developers.
The Firm of N. Cowie want to build the crematorium, with associated car parking, at the former airfield near the village and had hoped to get the go-ahead following a meeting of the Buchan area committee on Tuesday.
Members heard that the development would see the erection of a crematorium with chapel (to accommodate around 300 mourners), garden of remembrance, car parking for 180 cars and extensive landscaping.
Operating hours would be from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and from 10am to 12 noon on Saturdays with the facility closed on a Sunday.
Short term employment of around 20 people would be required during the construction phase, with long term employment of five full-time staff once operational, as well as any "spin-off" employment opportunities associated with ancillary servicing such as funeral teas etc.
An estimated total number of vehicle movements of 300 cars per day is suggested although the Transport Assessment, which accompanies the application, has been modelled on a "worse case" scenario of 150 cars per service if operating at maximum capacity. It is estimated that around four cremations per day will be held, with a maximum level of seven per day.
Members were told that it was proposed to form a footway alongside Hillhead Road to connect to the existing footway back into the village.
A total of nine objections have been lodged against the plans raising concerns over the need for such a development, noise nuisance, road access and insufficient space to accommodate a footpath link which would make the road more narrow.
Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Alan Buchan told members he was of the view that the development was too close to the village stating: "It's too close to the boundary of Crimond and that would cause problems in the village was to expand in the future."
Councillor Norman Smith also voiced his concern over the proposed footway.
"We did have a site visit last week which showed it was very, very difficult to get the footway into the width of the road and there would need to be some mature trees removed.
"Is it not possible to defer this application until such time as these things can be addressed? I do think there's quite a bit of work to do here to get this sorted out and I would prefer that we defer the application."
He was supported by committee chairman Stuart Pratt.
Members agreed to the deferral.
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