A MASSIVE housing scheme for a site polluted with dangerous toxic chemicals would pump £2m into the local economy, say the developers.
Gleeson Homes wants to build 381 homes on the site of the old Croda tar distillery in Kilnhurst.
The poisoned land would be treated, sealed and covered with 150,000 tonnes of soil in the £50m project.
The scheme qualifies for £6.4 million government money and Gleeson will give employment priority to people living within two miles.
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Director Steve Gamble said: “This is a scheme we can really be proud of. The wages bill will be £2 million a year, which will be spent locally.”
The plans narrowly won approval in the face of fierce opposition by critics who say the land is dangerous and the site access is unsuitable.
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