Contaminated land clean-up to cost council £1.3m

A local authority spearheading one of the most ambitious council house building programmes in the UK is set to spend more than a million pounds remediating an historic industrial site.

North Ayrshire Council wants to construct 71 homes on contaminated land currently used as a car park. 

The 1.9 hectare development is part of the council’s grander vision to unlock investment for 1,375 new council homes developed across Irvine Harbour by 2024 – thought to be one of the largest social housing projects in the UK.

To achieve this goal, the council is ready to spend £1.3m in soil remediation costs including £450,000 on moving the soil offsite. An environmental assessment carried out by geo-consultants Mason Evans in June, showed high levels of toxic metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contaminants in the shallow soils that posed a risk to human health.

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