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NEW HOMES BLIGHTED BY POISONED LAND

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The drive to encourage developers to build new homes on old industrial land is exposing more and more householders ...
The drive to encourage developers to build new homes on old industrial land is exposing more and more householders to the risk of poisoning from contaminated land, claimed the Independent on Sunday (p2).

The newspaper last week revealed claims that a home-owner whose house backs onto a former aviation fuel storage site had become seriously ill as a result of contaminants leaking into his garden.

Now it has emerged the company developing the site, Persimmon Homes, has been ordered to stop work on another of its developments amid fears of pollution there as well. There - at Rewley Park,

an old Oxford railway depot contaminated with heavy metals and hydrocarbons, where the company is building 147 homes - the site was described By Oxford City Council as 'a horrible sticky black

mess'.

It added that the developer's policy 'could cause environmental pollution and cause a public health risk' and that Persimmon had breached its remit by going ahead with the second phase of the

development before approval was given to measures to make the site safe.

Other areas were health concerns have been reported include the Greenwich peninsula, where housing as well as the Millenium Dome is being developed; Beckton, east London; Colchester, Essex; Sevenoaks, Kent; and Enfield Island, where 1,300 homes were built on the former Royal Ordnance Factory site.

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