Homes plan for Carrick Roads' oil storage depot
Talks have begun between owners of a brownfield site at Falmouth and landbrokers to clean up the area with a view to building houses on it.
Middle Point, owned by Azure Oil Services, currently operates as a major oil tank storage facility and has done so since the 1940s.
However, the facility is nearing the end of its commercial use and is due to close next year.
In the meantime the tanks are said to be failing, sparking fears of contamination of the site and its surroundings.
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Landbrokers Westcountry Land wants to clean up the site and gain planning permission for a housing developer to build 14 houses on the land.
Director Justin Dodge said the proposal was " a long-term solution for this land which, in our opinion, will significantly improve the quality of the existing site and vitally, will provide full remediation."
He added: "We believe that there is a strong justification for the redevelopment of this contaminated brownfield site and that this is the best solution for the long-term future of the site."
Mr Dodge stressed his company had not yet submitted any planning application to Cornwall Council.
He said: "These are only preliminary proposals.
"We will conduct a formal public consultation and engage stakeholders before we submit any planning application."