Crematorium proposal

PLANS for an alternative to a proposed crematorium in Whimple have been drawn up for Woodbury Salterton.

PLANS for an alternative to a proposed crematorium in Whimple have been drawn up for Woodbury Salterton.East Devon District Council's planning inspection committee will consider the Whimple application on Friday, but Memoria Ltd is poised to submit an application to build a crematorium at the Greendale Business Park.Mat Carter, a director of FWS Carter and sons, which owns the site, said: "There has been a great deal of local apprehension about the (Whimple) plans and an opposition action group has been started of which there are more than 50 members. They are strongly of the opinion that the Whimple site is inappropriate.Greendale Business Park and Memoria Ltd believe that they have located another site within East Devon that will not cause so much controversy and is actually far better located for serving the local towns of Sidmouth and Exmouth."He said the plans are "at a very advanced stage" and will be submitted to EDDC very shortly.The site at Greendale Business Park is alongside the A3052 in between Sidmouth and Exeter, and is on land adjoining the industrial park.Mr Carter said: "The location is a very good site for a crematorium, as it has good access and is ideally located, minutes from the M5, and directly accessible from Exeter, Sidmouth and Exmouth. It is also suitable in respect of the relevant planning laws concerning crematoriums: for example, it is not within 100 yards of other employment land and not within 300 yards of any residential dwellings.""Memoria Limited will be submitting a full planning application to EDDC in the very near future and have strongly urged the councillors to take this into account when they consider the Whimple site on Friday. It is our belief that the site adjoining Greendale Business Park, alongside the A3052, represents a far superior site for the crematorium than the site at Whimple."He also said, should the Whimple plan get the green light on Friday, he would urge councillors to still consider the Woodbury Salterton site and not refuse it on the basis that the Whimple proposal would