Hilts Quarry nuclear dump housing plans thrown out

Waste dumping at Hilts Quarry
Image caption Local residents said that developing the land could disturb nuclear material

Plans for 113 new homes at a former nuclear waste tip in a Derbyshire village have been thrown out.

The housing proposals were submitted for land next to Hilts Quarry near Crich which had been used by Rolls Royce for decades.

The firm had legally dumped low-level waste at the site until it was shut down in 2002.

Residents who had campaigned against the plans said the council's decision on this was a "sensible" one.

Amber Valley Borough Council turned down the scheme at a meeting on Wednesday.

Patrick Cooke, from Crich, said he was relieved because he said construction work at the site could have unsettled the material.

"We are very pleased that Amber Valley have fully backed us and have taken a sensible attitude to this," he said. "We will be prepared to fight on if [the developers] go to appeal."

Developer Gladman Developments previously said the quarry could be developed "without any adverse effects". It declined to comment following the council's decision.

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