A long wait, interspersed with a legal battle and formalities later, UK is all set to get its first purpose-built crematorium on a 15-acre site near Denham in southeast England. The proposed facility will cater largely to
Hindus living in the North, West and adjoining counties. Two large ceremony halls, two private ritual rooms, shower rooms, a crematory hall and separate canteen building are part of the proposed plan.
Welcoming the landmark move by the Planning Inspectorate, the UK Anoopam Mission issued a statement hailing the move for its humanitarian importance. “To be able to alleviate the grief of the bereaved family during a sensitive period is truly appreciated,” stated spiritual leader Param Pujya Sahebji from the Mission.
Planning Inspector Katie McDonald observed that the Hindu community in the area was “disadvantaged by being denied the opportunity to fully observe cultural and religious beliefs and traditions.” She added that the large and tranquil vicinity will be put to use for “manav sewa.”
The Council of Buckinghamshire had earlier refused the move in October 2020, terming it “an inappropriate development in the green belt.” Following the same, over 2,000 signatures of support were collected. The
campaign, supported by Lord Jitesh Gadhia and MP Bob Blackman, finally went through during the appeal process.