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.
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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.”