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Derbyshire: Government looks into concerns over nuclear tip houses

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

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.

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 www.ambervalley.gov.uk

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