Asbestos found at former factory site earmarked for 169-home estate

Asbestos has been found at a former chemical works earmarked for new housing- despite a ‘clean-up’ of the land more than 10 years ago.

The site was acquired for £10m by Homes England in 2017, but has hit controversy from day one. Remediation work was undertaken in 2008 and 2009, but a ‘site investigation review’ submitted to Rochdale Council with the planning application, reveals that asbestos is still present at the former factory plot.

The document notes ‘numerous’ fragments of possible asbestos containing material (ACM) at the site surface.

A statement from the trust reads: “All asbestos was supposed to have been removed from the site..”

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