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The developers behind controversial plans to build 650 new homes on the site of a former asbestos factory in Greater Manchester have apologised for failing to admit they had found traces of the deadly substance there. Landowners MMC Estates and Countryside Properties have expressed regret for any 'confusion and concern' caused by their actions or 'misinformation' about the scheme on the ex-Turner and Newall site, in Spodden Valley, Rochdale.

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