Housing development thrown out after high levels of nickel found in ground

First published in News

PLANS to build 34 homes on the outskirts of Hereford have been thrown out due to concerns over the presence of nickel.

An environmental health officer said “high levels” of the metal had been found on the brownfield site off Attwood Lane in Holmer.

Councillors discussing whether to grant Lioncourt Homes permission to go ahead with the scheme said the contamination was one of a number of worries they had.

“There are still some major issues which need to be addressed,” said Councillor Sally Robertson.

“I don’t feel the site has been properly marketed as employment land.

“There is also concern over the traffic.

I stood by the turn into Attwood Lane for four minutes the other day and counted 32 cars which went that way.”

She added her surprise the applicants had not attended the meeting.

The committee was told that to cope with the contamination a “cover layer system” could be used to protect the nickel from being disturbed.

But Councillor Adrian Bridges said this method was not good enough.

“Why are we covering it up and not removing it at source?” he asked.

Hazel Philpotts, on behalf of Holmer and Shelwick Parish Council, said the area had a “serious problem with sewage”.

But despite the applicants not attending, the idea still received support from Coun Marcelle Lloyd- Hayes.

“It’s a brownfield site and I’ll be supporting this,” she said.

“We have to provide housing for the future of this county.

“I have known it be employment land for two or three decades now but no-one has come forward to take it on.”

A near unanimous objection followed because of issues over the loss of employment land, design and site levels, the affect on the landscape of the area and the scale of contamination.

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5:47pm Sat 29 Dec 12

swampy says...

I wonder how Coun Marcelle Lloyd-Hayes would feel if she had to live on this land ?
I wonder how Coun Marcelle Lloyd-Hayes would feel if she had to live on this land ? swampy
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5:52pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Herefordian says...

Why why why is this reported in the Ledbury Reporter and not the Hereford Times
I did ask H&W last week and they said it was how the reports come in
Oh hang on HT report bloody football cancelled. Is that all they are able to write about, kicking a ball of wind back & fore
Hereford reporters where are you???
Why why why is this reported in the Ledbury Reporter and not the Hereford Times I did ask H&W last week and they said it was how the reports come in Oh hang on HT report bloody football cancelled. Is that all they are able to write about, kicking a ball of wind back & fore Hereford reporters where are you??? Herefordian
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7:18pm Sat 29 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

Never a break! Never a boost or a crumb of comfort. Instead of Gold, Silver, Platinum or some other precious or semi precious metal, what do we get beneath the ground of Attwood bloody lane?
Bloody nickel! It's so bloody depressing.
I mean, Staffordshire go digging and they find the 'Hoard'. The Stafford bloody Hoard'.
We go digging and we get a silver button and bloody Nickel. It's so bloody unfair.
Never a break! Never a boost or a crumb of comfort. Instead of Gold, Silver, Platinum or some other precious or semi precious metal, what do we get beneath the ground of Attwood bloody lane? Bloody nickel! It's so bloody depressing. I mean, Staffordshire go digging and they find the 'Hoard'. The Stafford bloody Hoard'. We go digging and we get a silver button and bloody Nickel. It's so bloody unfair. bobby47
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2:01am Sun 30 Dec 12

kikidfg says...

My best friend she has just announced her wedding with a handsome biker, they met on ~~~ Šeekriders. ÇoM ~~~a great dating site for motorcycle singles and friends to get to know each other, make new friends, talk about interests, or to help each other. Maybe you can take a try.
My best friend she has just announced her wedding with a handsome biker, they met on ~~~ Šeekriders. ÇoM ~~~a great dating site for motorcycle singles and friends to get to know each other, make new friends, talk about interests, or to help each other. Maybe you can take a try. kikidfg
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12:33pm Sun 30 Dec 12

dado says...

They would have stood a better chance of getting plans passed had they thought about it and applied to build on any of herefords flood plains
They would have stood a better chance of getting plans passed had they thought about it and applied to build on any of herefords flood plains dado
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1:49pm Sun 30 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

Good grief! I never saw this one coming. Nothing I've said, done or hoped for, prepared me for this suggestion from kikidfg implying that I'd do well to advertise my availabity to a bikers dating site and find true love.
One minute Im berating our misfortune in striking Nickel rather than gold and the next Im seeking love on the saddle of some 250cc motor bike.
Good grief! I never saw this one coming. Nothing I've said, done or hoped for, prepared me for this suggestion from kikidfg implying that I'd do well to advertise my availabity to a bikers dating site and find true love. One minute Im berating our misfortune in striking Nickel rather than gold and the next Im seeking love on the saddle of some 250cc motor bike. bobby47
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2:02pm Sun 30 Dec 12

William Rudd says...

So you are single Bobby..That figures lol.
I'm sure there is a biker out there as irascible as you
So you are single Bobby..That figures lol. I'm sure there is a biker out there as irascible as you William Rudd
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3:08pm Sun 30 Dec 12

bobby47 says...

Happy New Year William. No, married, boringly straight and I have no wish or desire to become a pillion passenger on anyone's mechanically propelled cycle.
Take care mate.
Happy New Year William. No, married, boringly straight and I have no wish or desire to become a pillion passenger on anyone's mechanically propelled cycle. Take care mate. bobby47
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