The vision to provide Plymouth with a new state of the art crematorium has taken a further step towards reality after hitting a major milestone.
Following months of consultation and design work, a planning application was submitted on Friday.
Plans show that the new, £12 million facility on a 17-acre site on the eastern edge of the city, off Merafield Road near the Stag Lodge entrance to Saltram Park.
The plans have been developed with help from feedback received during consultation events held through the summer.
Throughout the process, the public, as well as the funeral industry and staff, all shared their hopes and ideas for what they would like to see in the new crematorium and ceremony rooms with many of those important insights incorporated into the final design.
These suggestions ranged from landscaping suggestions to how big operational rooms need to be to meet the demands and logistics of the funeral industry.
Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “A lot of hard work has gone it to getting this far and I am delighted to have reached this major milestone.
“I want to thank everyone who came to us with ideas and suggestions during the consultation period. You have helped us submit an informed, sensitive design that offers practicality and beautiful aesthetics.”
The designs, produced by local architects Stride Treglown and Aecom, show single-storey buildings nestled in green spaces with water pooled around the ceremony rooms.
Inside, light and open ceremony spaces with large windows are in keeping with the desire to provide a modern quality facility.
Reflective spaces will be created for memorialisation and scatterings alongside landscaping that embraces the local environment and ecology. It is also hoped that a green burial option will be available at the new site.
The existing cemeteries at Efford and Weston Mill will continue to be active for burial and memorials with the chapels available for bookings.
A planning decision is expected early in the New Year.
More information on plans for the new crematorium can be found here – www.plymouth.gov.uk/futurecrem