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Boo Hole landfill site

​​​​​​​​​​The former Boo Hole landfill site was designated as contaminated land in April 2009. Although there was evidence of gas migrating from the site, investigations did not identify the presence of gas inside properties bordering the site where monitoring had been undertaken.


Boo Hole is located in Heywood between Bury New Road and Bury Old Road, situated approximately 1.5km east of the M66, junction 2.

Site history

The 1890s historical maps record a “Sand Pit” in the vicinity of the present day Boo Hole Farm in the northwest corner of the map. This sand pit was subsequently expanded up until the 1960s. Sometime after this the site became a landfill for domestic and commercial wastes, tipping continued until the 1990s when the site was closed and landscaped.

Action taken

The investigations

The investigations involved:

  • A record search over the type of wastes that went into the site
  • Installing boreholes so the ground gases could be monitored
  • Taking soil samples to analyse for contamination
  • Risk assessments to assess the level of risk

The investigation concluded there was no risk to site users.

Reports completed for the investigations.
DateType of workReportDone byReference
April 2009Gas AssessmentLetter Report Mouchel 
February 2009Gas AssessmentLetter ReportMouchel 
October 2008Bulk Gas SamplingLetter Report MouchelRef 721495/06/01
February 2008Detailed InspectionInterpretative Environmental Report MouchelRef 721495/R/2A
December 2007 Ground InvestigationFactual Report MouchelRef 721495/06/01
December 2005 Landfill Gas Assessment Greater Manchester Geological Unit  Ref 4992 
January 2005 Geoenvironmental Investigation Leyden Kirby Associates Ltd  Ref CL-602-JB186-01 
August 2009Remediation Options AppraisalBoohole Landfill siteRochdale Environmental Protection Group 
January 2010Geophysics and topographic surveyLetter, report and planBentham Geoconsulting and Powers TillmanBGC33 for geophysics
January 2010Remediation proposalsGas Protection Measures: Boo Hole Landfill Site Vertase FL1 Rev A 2606

June 2010

Remediation Method StatementBoo Hole Landfill SiteVertase FL1Rev A 1131

June 2011

Completion ReportBoo Hole Landfill SiteVertase FL1Rev 1131

Work following determination

  • Our application to DEFRA for funding to undertake the remediation works at Boo Hole was successful and the works have now been completed.
  • A monitoring period has been completed that has demonstrated the barrier is working as expected.
  • The contaminated land register has now been altered to show the former Boo Hole Landfill has now been remediated.

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