Plans to build a new crematorium in Hemel Hempstead have been submitted to Dacorum Borough Council.
They are for the construction of a single storey, single chapel crematorium in town.
The West Hertfordshire Crematorium Joint Committee (WHCJC) commissioned the submission of a full planning application in respect to land located off Bedmond Road,immediately adjacent to the new Dacorum cemetery.
It would include 139 seated congregation, a crematory and administration and staff spaces, with a separate pavilion and memorial facilities.
The new crematorium could help West Herts Crematorium (WHC) in Garston perform better, as it’s is one of the busiest crematoriums in the UK, performing over 3,000 cremations annually for residents in Watford Borough Council, Dacorum Borough Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, St Albans City and District Council and Three Rivers District Council.
It could also help with the high funeral demand during winter seasons.
The rising demand for cremations at WHC can result in people having to wait up to three weeks for a funeral during peak periods in winter months.
Customers frequently request more flexible and creative ceremonies, but the current site in Garston has limited capacity and no expansion space.
The building design and site layout has been carefully considered and designed with the aim of creating a sensitive environment for mourners.
A public consultation took place on July 23 where people had the opportunity to ask questions on the proposed development.