'Chemicals risk' on site for new homes

A HOUSING scheme in Mirfield should only go ahead if the site is safe from chemical contamination.

That is the view of Coun Martyn Bolt, who warned that putting 63 homes on land used as a dumping ground for industrial waste could be risky.

Yorkshire Property Estates wants to build properties off Old Bank Road near the Thirsty Man pub.

Until 1978 the site was used to dispose of chemical waste from the Mirvale Chemical Works, now Dr Reddy’s on Steanard Lane.

Experts believe by-products from creosote and agricultural goods should be buried deep enough not to pose a risk.

Coun Bolt wants the authorities to make sure and said: “We need to be asking questions.

“We don’t want contaminants going up into people’s homes or leeching into the food chain.

“As with all contaminated sites, we need to make sure the Environment Agency and others are on top of any contaminant risk.

“Normally we would favour the use of brownfield sites, but here we need to be very careful.”

In the plans, which are for 34 three-bed houses and 29 four-bed homes, a system of trenches to allow gases to escape is recommended.

Two terraced homes fronting onto Old Bank Road would be demolished to make way for an access road.

Plans, which are for consultation until Saturday, June 25, show the existing access road would be taken over by gardens of some of the new properties.

Other issues include traffic and the proximity of the homes to neighbouring dwellings.

Coun Bolt added: “This development is by one of Mirfield’s most congested roads.

“There can be a queue a mile long at peak periods, which makes getting in and out of Mirfield quite difficult as it is.”

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