A three-bedroom house in Newtown could be turned into a funeral home with an extension for a morgue, resting chapel and coffin workshop if planning permission is approved.
Long-established funeral directors Powys Funeral Services, also known as Leach & Sons, are looking to relocate to Pool Road to help ‘business longevity in the area’ after outgrowing their current premises located between the Wynnstay store and Bradleys Costcutter and service station at Llanidloes Road.
A proposal has been submitted to Powys County Council to convert Mount Severn, an ‘attractive’ residential home next to the council’s Kirkhamsfield depot and around 200 yards from the town cemetery in Pool Road, into a funeral home which, according to the applicant, would help maintain the jobs of nine local people with the possibility of creating more jobs.
According to the plans, the existing Llanidloes Road site is an “inefficient small property which hinders their effective operation” to “provide an essential service to families in Newtown and surrounding communities”.
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Plans at Mount Severn include the construction of a separate single-storey 366.2 square meter building which will house a morgue, resting chapel, coffin workshop and garage for hearses and funeral cars.
Inside the large secluded property, the undertakers would convert the parlor and living room into a family room and reception and build an extension for the male and female restrooms.
The “generous” garden space would offer 13 parking spaces including two charging stations for electric vehicles for staff and visitors.
Each week, there are three company-run funerals and there are 10 family visitation appointments, according to data provided by the applicant. The proposal states that the company “will not cause a significant amount of noise” with all work taking place inside the dedicated workshop. He adds that the funeral home has a dedicated 24/7 phone number to report deaths, but there are “limited movements” outside office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. “except on limited occasions when people are transported to the facility.” .
Comments for application 22/1151/FUL can be submitted online or to [email protected] until Wednesday 31 August.