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Inquiry to decide on dump homes

A planning inquiry is to get under way to decide if more than 400 homes can be built on a "heavily contaminated" former waste dump in Berkshire.

Developer Michael Shanly Homes wants to remove 150,000 cubic metres of landfill from Badnells Pit in Blackamoor Lane, in Maidenhead.

Last year, the Royal Borough of Maidenhead and Windsor Council rejected plans for the homes.

Michael Shanly Group appealed against the decision, prompting the inquiry.

'Potentially harmful'

The dump was used as a unlicensed tip for industrial waste between the 1950s and 1970s.

At a public inquiry in 2006, an inspector decided it was safe to to clear the site - despite the concerns of local residents - but work has yet to begin.

"Tipping was uncontrolled and today the site is heavily contaminated with oils and solvents, while asbestos and other potentially harmful substances are present in localised areas," a Michael Stanly Group spokesperson said.

The developer has been trying to build homes on the site since 2004.

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