Crematorium for Ryedale District and the North of York

About the Development

Site Location

The site is situated within boundary of Ryedale District Council, just off the A64, c. 8 miles to the north of York and c.11 miles south of Malton. The proposed site is situated opposite FERA, an agricultural science and innovation complex.

Site Description

The site is currently an agricultural field, but prior to the area being in agricultural production the site was part of the former Black Dyke plantation, much of which is still existent today. The area is relatively flat and roughly triangular in shape. The site is bounded on the east side by the A64, and by mature woodland to the west, and to the south is FERA Science.

Our Proposal

The design of the Crematorium has been borne about by three key principles: Nature, Spirituality and Sustainability. The building itself is of modern design and incorporates elements of local brick to match the style of the area, and larch timber cladding which is chosen for its natural properties and sustainable credentials. Some elements of the roof will be topped with wildflower green roof, which adds a layer of texture, colour and movement to the building.

The Crematorium is sited in the southern section of the site, utilising the widest part of the site to allow for building, carparking and circulation space. The remainder of the site is then opened up for use as memorial gardens and a place of reflection.

The building will be a modestly sized single storey building of only 557 m2 and will house a 98-seat chapel; a waiting room; accessible public toilets; administrative offices and crematory.

Every last detail of the build and landscaping has been designed in such a way that allows family and friends to pay their last respects in a dignified and peaceful way.


Access to the site will be taken from the unnamed road to the south of the site. There is a short access road before the funeral cortege fork off to a dedicated access way. Vehicles not in the cortege will carry on to the main car park, which is positioned to the front of the building, where they will find 98 spaces with accessible bays situated adjacent to the port cochere.

Almost all funerals (around 95%) start from between 10:30 am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday. This is outside of peak traffic hours, and so the crematorium would not conflict with or add to rush hour traffic in the area. Funerals will be at intervals of 1 hour, allowing plenty of time for family and friends to arrive and leave without crossing with other funeral parties.



The crematorium would include the most advanced filtration and abatement equipment, meaning there would be no smoke or odours. An Air Quality Assessment Report will be submitted with the application, demonstrating that the proposal will satisfy stringent environmental regulations. Before opening, Westerleigh will secure a Permit from the Environmental Health Officer which will require periodic and continuous monitoring of the crematorium.

Our proposals will protect and enhance existing habitats and will include the retention and new planting of trees and enhancing boundary hedgerows. In addition the building will be utilising a number of technologies, such as photovoltaic panels, natural ventilation and heat exchangers, to reduce the consumption of energy from traditional sources, such as the electric and gas. 


The vision for the landscape setting of the new crematorium is driven by the desire to create a peaceful and reflective landscape. The Landscape proposals explore opportunities to draw the wooded character of surrounding areas into the site to significantly enhance the ecological and visual qualities of the space.

The vision and objectives of the landscape plan is based on the following elements:

  • The promotion of a natural and rural character to the new crematorium, referencing the language of the surrounding woodland.
  • The introduction of a broad range of diverse vegetation across the site including extensive areas of native perennial wildflower meadow.
  • An inspiring and high quality landscape to the immediate setting of the Crematoria, sensitively integrating car parking and access routes, including the inclusion of an Arrival Garden and Sanctuary Garden.
  • The creation of a tranquil wider setting to the Crematoria, provides a range of peaceful spaces for visitors to reflect, including a memorial woodland garden and an expansive Memorial Woodland with opportunities to plant trees in memory of loved ones.
  • Enhancing the existing hedgerows and mature boundary planting, with new native trees and understorey planting.  

The site is well screened in the existing landscape of mature woodlands and hedgerows and the development will not be visible from wider surroundings. Significant amounts of additional planting will be added as part of the landscaping, which will not only reinforce the existing mature boundaries, but add further structure, interest and biodiversity inside the crematorium site.  

Need for an additional Crematorium​

There is a quantitative and qualitative need for a new crematorium to serve the people of Ryedale and of North York.

Our analysis has shown that the existing crematorium at York, is under extreme pressure, and in the winter months the average waiting time for a service is over 3 weeks, which is unacceptable. Not only is there a long waiting time at York, there is a quantitative need for a new crematorium in the area. The proposed site would serve a catchment of over 140,000 people, which equates to over 1,200 cremations per year. The proposed site would for the first time also provide a crematorium within a 30 minute cortege drivetime for c.42,000 people. Not only is there a demonstrable need for a new crematorium now, the population and death rate forecasts are set to increase dramatically over the coming years, which will add significant pressure to an already stressed system.

The new crematorium and memorial park will offer a pleasant setting with a beautiful landscaped grounds, providing the space and time for a dignified and respectful service.

Benefits and Feedback

This facility will provide a much-needed crematorium and memorial gardens, which will be the closest crematorium for over 140,000 people. Not only will this facility fulfil the existing shortfall in provision, it will also cater for the increasing population over the coming years and relieve pressure on York Crematorium, offering a choice of crematorium for the area.

The building is of high-quality design, which will offer the best service to the bereaved. The building utilises modern technologies which seek to minimise our carbon footprint.

York Crematorium Development is well screened and with extensive additional planting, the site will not be intrusive in the landscape.

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