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Site Clearance Facilitates Home-Building Development

Posted on: 25 May 2021

Our site clearance service cranked into action to prepare a derelict site in South London for redevelopment by housebuilders, Bellway Homes.

The Croydon site before we cleared the fly-tipped waste

The land near Croydon was originally the site of the Purely Way Lido (which closed in 1979), and for the last 40 years had been used as a garden centre. In January, Bellway announced that they had exchanged contracts to acquire the land which will be redeveloped to provide 168 new homes and 6,000sq ft of commercial space.

The waste is presumed to have been left by individuals operating an illegal transfer station. The site was therefore manually screened by trained operatives for any hazardous material before the wastes were collected using a 360 excavator. In all, 240-tonnes of mixed wastes were removed to our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Barking, where it was sorted into individual material streams for recycling.

The site post-clearance

Fly-tipping is an ongoing problem across England, with official statistics from Gov.uk showing that Local Authorities dealt with just under 1 million incidents last year, an increase of 2% on the year before. While mostly household waste in small van loads, the cost of clearance is huge, totaling £10.9 million last year.

We are pleased to be able to facilitate the enabling works for a much-needed housing development and look forward to working with Bellway Homes in the future,” said Tara Donaghy, McGrath Group’s Business Director.