In 1974 the Council refused three planning applications for
housing for the site because the land was tipped and unsuitable for building. In
the early 1980s they set aside the site for a primary school. Although the
Executive Councillor responsible stated in the press recently they expected to
have found brown asbestos on the site, Stockport Council tried initially to do
no contamination investigations whatsoever; then they did one borehole when they
were made to by local people.