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Residents’ gas fear over housing site

Ken Calder, of Commons Close, Newthorpe, as well as other residents in the area are against the proposed housing development behind their homes.

Ken Calder, of Commons Close, Newthorpe, as well as other residents in the area are against the proposed housing development behind their homes.

Concerned members of a residents’ association say they are ‘seething’ after hearing new houses could be built on green fields next to a former landfill site.

The land between Halls Lane and Chewton Street, Newthorpe, has been earmarked as a potential site for new housing in Broxtowe Borough Council’s Core Strategy.

But members of Commons Close Residents’ Association claim that methane gas coming from the former tip could spell ‘disaster’ for residents’ health.

Association member Ken Calder claimed there had been ‘years of unsupervised dumping’ in the past with vehicles arriving at night.

He said: “We strongly object to this site being used for housing. Beneath the surface, beside the fissures and old mining shafts, there is the continued production and release of methane gas.

“Residents are seething that anyone should contemplate putting them at what we believe is serious risk through the disturbance of this area.”

The site was originally earmarked for housing a decade ago in the 2004 Broxtowe Local Plan — a blueprint for housing development.

An application for 314 houses was withdrawn in 2006.

Another application, in 2008 for 317 homes, was refused by Broxtowe Council.

A report at the time said ‘in the event of gas migration onto the development site, there is potentially insufficient protection for future residents’.

But a document on the site for the Core Strategy says ‘at least 50% of the development is deliverable with simplified remediation measures’.

But Mr Calder said: “The last rejection was only six years ago and was unanimously voted down. Nothing has changed in that short time.

“If this unmapped site was mechanically disturbed the local authority would be courting disaster for the forseeable future.”

Mr Calder, 75, said if plans were to go ahead the association would call for health checks on residents and methane checks in their homes, both before the building work and five years after.

The council website says there are ‘severe topographical constraints’ at the site.

The deadline for comments as part of a consultation on the proposed housing sites was last Friday (January 10).

A council spokesman said: “All the details of the sites and the issues relating to them are on our website at broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11761.

“At this stage we are looking at issues and options on a large number of sites and these sites will be whittled down and then we will consult again before final decisions are made.”

 

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