Sepa worried over ‘lack of information’ on how surface water at site near mintlaw will be dealt with
Fears have been raised about drainage plans for a proposed Buchan crematorium.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) says there is a lack of information on how foul and surface water would be dealt with if the multimillion-pound centre, earmarked for land near Mintlaw, gets the go-ahead.
Peterhead funeral director Robert Mackie wants to build on 14 acres at West Knock Farms, between Longside and Stuartfield.
It is the latest effort to build a crematorium in the north-east corner with plans afoot for a £3million scheme at Crimond.
Nicola Abrams of Sepa has written to developers behind the West Knock project to say the watchdog’s objections could be lifted if the concerns are addressed.
She says: “Limited information has been provided on surface water and drainage for the site.
“In the design statement it states that roof waters will be recycled into a water system for reuse within the building.
“No further information on surface water drainage for the site, roads and car parking has been provided however.
“Therefore, due to lack of information, we object to this application.”
Mrs Abrams says plans to drain wastewater are also causing concern.
“The application form states that foul drainage will be disposed of by means of a septic tank discharging to a watercourse, although no details are given,” she adds.
Developers behind the West Knock bid envisage a crematorium with a tearoom, landscaped areas and car parking for around 290 vehicles.
The public has until March 21 to comment on the scheme.
The Crimond proposal, meanwhile, which is being steered by a local business consortium, has already won the backing of the council.
It would be built on land at Hillhead Road, near Crimond’s former airfield, which is currently used for stock-car racing.
The crematorium would have two furnaces and a chapel seating about 300 mourners. There would also be a garden of remembrance and parking for 180 cars.
A crematorium in north Aberdeenshire could significantly ease pressure on existing facilities at Aberdeen, Buckie and Arbroath, it has been claimed.
Experts say the lack of facilities in Aberdeenshire means 70% of families opt for burial of their loved ones.