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Locals in meltdown after being wrongly told nuclear power station would be built in their posh market town


LOCALS went into meltdown after being wrongly told that a nuclear power station would be built in their posh market town.

The shock was in a planning document filed with a council for 186 new homes.

It said: “The proposed development will comprise the construction of a new nuclear power station, with an associated access road and car park.”

Stunned families in Epping, Essex — where homes regularly sell for £1million plus — immediately quizzed council officials.

But they were assured that no nuclear site was planned and the mention of one was a “copy and paste error”.

Epping Forest ­District Council was yesterday accused of failing to screen planning documents properly before publishing them.

Roger Lowry, of conservation group The Epping Society, said: “Let us generously assume this is a copy/paste error rather than a leak — not that ‘leak’ is a great word in this context.”

The documents were filed to the publicly viewable council website by Cotswold Archaeology — which has worked on nuclear power projects.

The firm was commissioned by developers Qualis Commercial as part of standard ­historic checks.

Qualis Commercial said: “We regret the error and apologise for any confusion this may have caused.”

A council spokesman confirmed: “This is a mistake.”

Locals now see the funny side. Bill Underwood, 43, said: “There’s enough dodgy tans around here already without a nuclear reactor being built.”

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