Derbyshire: Government looks into concerns over nuclear tip houses

The Prime Minister has turned his attention to a proposed housing development that abuts a former nuclear tip.

Wednesday, 25th June 2014, 4:09 pm
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Patrick Cooke, of Crich, got the attention of Downing Street after writing to Prime Minster David Cameron about concerns over a planning application for 113 new homes off Roes Lane, Crich.

The proposed site backs onto Hilts Quarry, which was used for a number of years by Rolls Royce for dumping low–level nuclear waste.

The 70–year–old is concerned that if developers start digging nearby they could disturb the nuclear site.

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Patrick, who campaigned initially to stop Rolls–Royce dumping waste at the site, said: “I sent the Prime Minister a letter saying ‘we know your Government is wanting housing, but I don’t think this is the right area to build new houses – right at the side of a nuclear tip’.”

He received a response back from Downing Street saying Mr Cameron had requested the Department for Communities and Local Government reply to his concerns directly.

Patrick said he didn’t expect a response, but was pleased he had got the attention of the Government.

To view the application, search for reference ‘AVA/2014/0281’ on