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Houses on asbestos site 'unsafe'
Former Turner Newall asbestos factory in Rochdale
Developers want to build 650 houses on the site
Residents concerned about plans to build a housing estate on the site of a former asbestos factory are to hold a public meeting.

Developers want to build 650 houses at the site of the former Turner Newall plant at Spodden Valley, Rochdale.

There is also a proposal to build a children's nursery on the site.

But residents believe the area is contaminated and have claimed building on the site will disperse asbestos into the atmosphere.

'Independent survey'

MMC Estates and Countryside Properties, which is behind the planning application, claim there are no health concerns connected with their plans.

Ian Kelley, managing director for Countryside Properties said the company had an excellent record transforming industrial land into sustainable communities.

And he pledged that the company remained committed to creating a safe environment at the site which closed in 1996.

Jason Addy, of the residents group, Save Spodden Valley, said: "We are not nimbys, we are not against building houses, our concern is for public health.

"Over they years, lots of asbestos has been dumped on that site and we are not convinced that none remains.

"We would like an independent survey to be carried out to test for asbestos on the site.

The meeting is due to be held at Spotland Methodist Hall at 1930 GMT.

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