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Council gives up toxic dump fight

A council has decided not to seek a judicial review over plans to build 400 homes on a former waste dump.

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

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears approved the plans in January after the council first rejected the proposal.

The Royal Borough of Maidenhead and Windsor authority has decided not to carry on the fight at the High Court.

Council leader David Burbage said that, after taking legal advice, there was "no chance" judges would overturn the decision.

Unlicensed tip

"In order for a judicial review to succeed we would need to show there was a major flaw in the decision process," he added.

"But after seeking outside legal advice it was clear there was no chance of winning.

"We will be keeping a very close eye at every stage of the decontamination process.

"We will do all we can for our residents to make sure safety is a top priority."

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

The development has been fought by local people for many years over concerns about health, noise and traffic.

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