Long barrow idea may just urn approval in Pewsey Vale
1:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in Latest News
A field in the Pewsey Vale could become the site of a unique feature – a burial mound for the storage of cremated remains.
Tim Daw has been working on the idea for a year and has submitted a planning application to Wiltshire Council to create the long barrow in a field on his farm, Cannings Cross in All Cannings.
Mr Daw, who works as a steward at Stonehenge, said: “There’s nowhere for people to put urns of ashes in non-religious places. This proposal is very English and very Wiltshire. I’m certain it’s absolutely unique.
“The original long barrows were built in Wiltshire 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. My proposed long barrow is a modern interpretation to make it useable.
“Local people I have talked to about it have said they would want to put ashes of loved ones there.”
Mr Daw’s long barrow would comprise a grass covered mound on a triangular piece of land to the north of the Kennet and Avon Canal between All Cannings and Allington. The site is accessible from a byway that runs down the western boundary.
The long barrow would have seven concrete chambers within which would be shelved vaults and it would be able to store about 300 urns. Families would lease the space and some of the fee would be used to cover long term maintenance of the site.
Wiltshire has many long barrows – the biggest one nearest Mr Daw’s farm is at Alton Barnes.
Mr Daw’s agent, LDPC in Corsham, said his long barrow would be unobtrusive and additional hedging would be planted to ensure screening from the Marlborough Downs.
The agent sought pre-planning application advice from Wiltshire Council earlier this year and received a positive response from senior planning officer Peter Horton, who said he was unlikely to raise any concern in relation to the visual impact of the “extremely unusual development”.
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