Latest on the plans for a new £20million health hub in Buxton

Latest on the plans for a new £20million health hub in Buxton

Plans for a new £20 million health hub in Buxton are still in the pipeline – with health bosses …
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Health fears over buried materials at site of 136-home estate – Derbyshire Live

The construction of a controversial plot of houses in a Derbyshire town is under way amid concerns expressed by council officials about “potential health risks” at the site. In a letter regarding the building of 136 homes at the former Derwentside Industrial Park, in Belper, written on November 2, scientific officer at Amber Valley Borough Council Rowena Bailey said: “I would like to take this opportunity to remind the applicant to consider potential health risks when carrying out any landscaping, in particular in areas where hotspot material has been buried.” Ms Bailey told Derbyshire Live that as part of the planning process and to mitigate against any risk presented by potentially harmful materials, the applicant had to conduct “remediation” on the site. This was following a “site investigation” during which “material was found [which] they will have had to address”. Application documents state that fieldwork was undertaken between November 14 and 21, 2016, including boreholes and trial pits. The latter were “known to comprise demolition materials (potentially including asbestos-containing materials [ACM])”. A risk assessment added however that “the made ground soils are considered as potentially presenting a risk to future occupants, with respect to a residential end-use; assessed as low to moderate. The risk to environmental receptors […] is assessed as low.” Nevertheless, a 2017 report “identified the presence of contaminants that present a low to moderate risk and that development will require a remedial strategy. Asbestos-containing materials were identified within soils and were assessed to present a moderate risk to construction personnel.” “Additional ground investigation” was therefore undertaken “to confirm ground conditions across the site”. There were no objections from the council’s environment manager to the development subject to this condition. The applicant for the project, Wheeldon Brothers Ltd., has been approached by Derbyshire Live for comment.
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