The problem was and remains that until a colossal cleanup is completed, the entire development is effectively worthless.
Safety rules dictate that at the very least the top two metres of earth across the entire 4,500 acres needs to be removed, for instance. More must be dug out if toxic surprises are found.
Those costs are estimated to be almost half a billion pounds, according to a valuation report seen by The Telegraph. Surveyors therefore ascribed the site a notional £1 value.
The costs of cleaning it up are larger than the use value once it is cleaned up.
Therefore, don’t clean it up.
Some things really are this simple