Council members approve a new crematorium in the Northeast

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Plans for new crematoriums in Chapelton have been given the go-ahead to meet the “significant” demand for services.

Southesk Farms placed an order for a new crematorium on the Elsick Estate near Newtonhill last October.

They wanted to build a new crematorium and hall next to the walled garden of the historic Elsick home.

The swimming pool building currently on the site will be demolished to make way for the new facility.

The application was initially considered by council members last month but they agreed to visit the site first due to parking concerns.

Council planners have recommended approval of the plan.

Jonathan Dimmock of Southesk Farms indicated there was “significant” demand for a crematorium to cover Aberdeenshire and North Angus.

Tell members that Baldarroch Crematorium in Crathes is fully booked and are supporting the new site as it will save grieving families from having to wait.

Peterhead Funeral Director Robert Mackey also lent his support to the development.

“There’s a growing population, and a larger proportion who want to be cremated, so there’s definitely a need to cater to the massive demand,” Dimmock added.

He revealed that the new crematorium would provide services lasting an hour and a half, and argued that conducting four cremations a day would result in reduced demand on surrounding roads.

The Chapelton was specifically designed so that the hall could be used for alternative purposes.

The location of the crematorium building meant that the hall could serve as a stand-alone facility for weddings and community events.

The crematorium is expected to operate four and a half days a week – Monday through Thursday and Friday mornings.

Outside of these times, the hall will be available for alternative uses.

Committee chair Wendy Agnew said she had “no hesitation” in accepting the request.

Consultant Alison Evison added: “The nature of what was available on the site was really important when considering the transport and travel arrangements that people were concerned about.”

Then the committee unanimously approved the request.

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