Homes next to old nuclear tip blocked

Crich sign.
Crich sign.

Planning chiefs have turned down a planning application for 113 homes next to a former nuclear tip.

The proposal for a housing 
development on a site off Roes Lane, Crich, was put forward by Gladman Developments in May this year.

However residents raised concerns that the houses would be located within very close proximity to Hilts Quarry, which was used for a number of years by Rolls-Royce for dumping low-level nuclear waste.

Prime Minister David Cameron was even involved, after Crich 
resident Patrick Cooke wrote to him about his concerns.

In a report by Amber Valley Borough Council the reason for the application being 
refused was that it did not meet planning criteria.

The report stated: “The scale and location of the proposals are not in accordance with the advice as contained in the National Planning 
Policy Framework with regard to development in rural areas being responsive to local circumstances and reflecting the local need for housing.

“It is not considered that it has been demonstrated that this development is 
required to enhance or maintain the vitality of Crich or any 
other rural communities in the 

Gladman Development 
declined to comment.