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A 'green' crematorium could be coming to Edenbridge with a new 'cleaner' and eco-friendly...

Discussion in 'Sevenoaks Chat' started by Sevenoaks Chronicle, Nov 2, 2017. Replies: 3 | Views: 256

  1. Sevenoaks Chronicle

    Sevenoaks Chronicle New Member

    The freeze dry technique is said to already be underway in the USA and Dublin but it could be the first in Kent if plans are passed

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  2. Scientist

    Scientist New Member

    The planning reference for this is 17/02109/OUT. It is open for further public comment.

    The planner has extended the deadline from early October to early December to allow the applicant more time to supply further information. There is no obligation for the planner to do this. But it is within a planner's rights to choose to do so.

    The company which would supply the "ecoLation unit" to go in the basement under a new cafe and chapel in the greenbelt, is called ecoLegacy. It has a website with a telephone number and email address at the top. They do not answer the phone or respond to emails enquiring about the process etc.

    Basic information is missing from the application as pointed out by Environmental Health in early October. See the planning file online to read this. It is not clear why ecoLegacy could not have provided straightforward inforamtin about their process, plant or machinery with the initial application in July or during the 13 week period they had after that until the statutory determination date. If the technology is ready, this detail would be readily available. It seems premature to be considering the possibility of granting outline permission to carry out this process on a site within the green belt when the only company claiming to have the technology ready cannot provide basic details by mid-November relating to an application validated in July.
     
  3. Scientist

    Scientist New Member

    Sevenoaks Chronicle - thank you for the link to the revised 13 November Kentlive article with a correction; the original version on 2 November described the golf driving range in Edenbridge as "defunct". It is open and functioning. It would be good if you could ask the applicant, Steve Smith of ecoLegacy where in the USA and Dublin this is underway and also why the application itself claims zero emissions whereas this article talks about reduced emissions. Which is wrong - the planning application or the article in Kentlive? Also, do you have any details from Steve Smith about how they are going to store, handle and use the considerable amounts of liquid nitrogen necessary to freeze 2,400 corpses per year in a basement under a cafe and chapel on the very edge of a golf course in Edenbridge?
     
  4. Scientist

    Scientist New Member

    Anyone know anything about the regulation of human corpse disposal in England? The regulation of this kind of thing in England is puzzling. Traditional crematoria (involving burning - combustion - in the presence of oxygen) have clear rules set out in a Statutory Instrument and there also seem to be guidance for burials. But other disposal methods fall in a grey area. Disposal methods for animal carcasses and human clinical waste seem to be regulated and managed via waste disposal authorities and associated regulations. New methods for human seem potentially easy to get permission for. Sandwell Council has recently approved its own planning application to extend Rowley Regis Crematorium and place a "resomator" in the extension. I can see no regulatory system for this. See Sandwell Council planning application 16/60149 and this BBC link which is useful at a layman's level but does not go into the nitty gritty of the science of it or the potential risks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/dissolving_the_dead
     

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