Crematorium given go-ahead, homes bid deferred

The crematorium
The crematorium

Two controversial applications for one of Deeside’s smallest settlements went before the Marr Area Comittee this week.

Councillors were asked on Tuesday (September 10) to consider dual developments for Crathes, a hamlet of 25 homes.

First up on the agenda was the bid to build a 4.5 acre crematorium facility.

The bid has proven controversial locally with 17 letters of objection, but the council did receive two letters of support for the proposal.

Objectors said that with the crematorium in Aberdeen a mere 14 miles away the site was too close to an existing facility, they also expressed concerns that the crematorium would come to ‘define’ Crathes.

Supporters pointed out that Aberdeenshire has no cremation facilities and felt that the new crematorium was much needed.

Banchory and Mid-Deeside Councillors Linda Clark, Karen Clark and Provost Jill Webster voted against the plan but were defeated by the other members of the committee.

Cllr Webster said: “I know that there is a demand for another crematorium in Aberdeenshire... it is with a heavy heart that I have to (say) that the site is inappropriate. “

A bid by Stewart Milne homes to increase the size of the hamlet by nearly 200%, with the addition of 45 new homes, was the next item.

Councillors were mostly against the design of the homes which were described by Cllr Ross as “absolutely appalling”.

It was decided to defer the decision for the design panel to look at.