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'Contaminated land' housing row

County Hall in Haverfordwest
Councillors discussed the application at county hall

A social housing project near a former beryllium plant has been approved by councillors in Pembrokeshire.

The 37-home application on land off Marble Hall Road in Milford Haven had attracted objections amid fears the site was contaminated.

A report said while further monitoring and sampling was needed the land could be made safe and suitable for housing.

Several residents had opposed the development and a petition was circulated in the area.

The application was submitted by the Pembrokeshire Housing Association on land formerly owned by Consolidated Beryllium (now CBL Ceramics).

Pembrokeshire council and the housing association said environmental assessments confirmed the land was safe and suitable for housing.

"The level of contamination has been fully assessed and appropriate mitigation measures put forward," stated a report.

But resident Peter Hannah said: "It is widely accepted that waste was buried in trenches around the factory.

"Our estate once had a playground near that land and it was closed because we were told the land was contaminated."

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