Arsenic halts homes

PLANS to build 82 new homes on a site in Godmanchester which is believed to be contaminated with arsenic have been halted by Huntingdonshire District Council. The planning application to build on land adjacent to Wigmore Farm in Silver Street was deferre

PLANS to build 82 new homes on a site in Godmanchester which is believed to be contaminated with arsenic have been halted by Huntingdonshire District Council.

The planning application to build on land adjacent to Wigmore Farm in Silver Street was deferred at the meeting of the HDC's development control panel on Monday.

A spokesman for the council said: "The application has been deferred as some councillors raised questions about the application and the site."

The environmental health department of the district council was said to have insisted the contamination of arsenic be dealt with before the application is approved.

The deferral of the application will be good news for residents living near the site who have opposed the plans for several years, believing the new houses would not be in keeping with other housing in the area.

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