Fears of smells and traf­fic if fu­neral par­lour ap­proved

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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”.

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The old barn in West­well Lane, which res­i­dents fear could be turned into a fu­neral par­lour

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