A proposal has been submitted to the Powys county council, revealing plans to develop a new crematorium in the county, as a spokesperson for the build describes the need for the service “long overdue”.
Powys Crematorium Ltd, which is leading the development, stated that the site would bring the option of cremation to local communities who have historically had to travel upwards of “50 miles” to access such a service.
In the proposal the company has outlined plans to include a chapel and burial site, on land formerly known as Ael Y Bryn, Aberhafesp.
A spokesperson for the applicant said that few can disagree that a crematorium in Mid Wales is “long overdue”, stating that while cremation is the preferred funeral choice of many people, it is often “denied” to those living in rural Powys because the nearest crematoria is “typically Aberystwyth to the west and Shrewsbury to the east”.
They said: “In addition, our proposals include a non-denominational chapel, a natural green burial cemetery, a garden of remembrance and an area to hold wakes.
“We will be working closely with Powys County Council and other relevant organisations in the coming months to ensure the completed development is the very best of its kind, incorporating sympathetic design with state-of-the-art technology.”
They added: “Our plans are committed to preserving the visual amenity of the area. The objective is to deliver a crematorium operating to the highest environmental standards: a first for Powys, and for Wales.”
The spokesperson went on to say that the applicant looked forward to holding a series of meetings with funeral industry organisations, including funeral directors throughout the Mid Wales area.