Fears of smells and traffic if funeral parlour approved
RESIDENTS have objected to a funeral home planned for Westwell over fears of the smell from embalming chemicals. Planning permission is being sought to change an old barn in Westwell Lane into a funeral parlour with a chapel of rest and embalming room. Of the residents consulted, seven supported the idea while 18 objected to the plans. Those objecting say the roads in the area are too narrow and are worried about congestion and the smell of embalming chemicals. Those supporting the scheme say the business will provide much-needed jobs and would be preferable over the HGV site that currently occupies the site. Planning committee members have been advised to refuse the application when it goes before Ashford council on January 6. Planning officer Kathryn Holland said in her report that there was no “overriding need” to have a funeral home and changes to the barn would “detract significantly from the simple rural appearance of the building”.
The old barn in Westwell Lane, which residents fear could be turned into a funeral parlour