New Cemetery and Crematorium in Leverstock Green (Updated Novembert 2020)
Some time ago LGVA was informed that a new cemetery was required in Dacorum as the existing one at Woodwells has almost reached capacity. We were told that it would be sited in Leverstock Green, adjacent to the entrance to Bunkers Park. We were later informed that a crematorium may be added on land adjacent to the cemetery.
The cemetery site is now complete with an access road, admin building, car park, roadways, etc and an imposing gate. It has been attractively laid out with grass, shrubs and trees. It will probably come in to use during 2022 when Woodwells is finally full.
Plans have now been published for the crematorium. It will consist of a single storey building and is expected to hold 40 cremations a week. Access will be through the cemetery from the Bunkers Park access road and there will be parking for 140 cars.
The plans can be viewed by entering reference number 20/01355/MFA here - https://planning.dacorum.gov.uk/publicaccess/
The following are plans and simulated photographs of the proposed crematorium.
Update November 2021
Work on the new crematorium started on 1st November and the target date for completion is December 2022. A temporary access has been created for construction traffic on the stretch of Bedmond Road between the Bunkers Park access road and Bunkers Lane. When work on the crematorium is complete this access road will be removed and the hedgerow reinstated.
There will obviously be increased heavy vehicular traffic through the village during the construction period. For further details see Dacorum Planning reference 20/03478/DRC or turn to https://planning.dacorum.gov.uk/publicaccess/files/944FAE2C20FFCA90307AADE3E99F4FB2/pdf/20_03478_DRC-CONSTRUCTION_TRAFFIC_MANAGEMENT_PLAN-1129172.pdf
The future of the field to the right of the Bunkers Park access road is uncertain but for the immediate future it will remain as open land, forming a barrier between housing and the cemetery. Plans for the tennis club to occupy this field have been dropped and, if developed at all, it will be for as yet undetermined leisure use. A line of trees has been planted in this field to shield the view for residents of Woodfield Drive.
Update August 2022
This photograph shows that construction of the new crematorium is well under way., the desert like foreground is part of the very parched Poppy Fields Cemetery.
There are currently roadworks in Bedmond Road as the site is connected to the gas main. These works are due to finish by the end of the third week of August.