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Court orders halt to building plans, in response to appeal by green group

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

Northern site of the Tel Hashomer housing plan. (Joseph Farhi)
Northern site of the Tel Hashomer housing plan. (Joseph Farhi)

Plans to build 12,000 residential units on polluted ground at Tel Hashomer in central Israel have been shelved, following an appeal to the High Court by the environmental advocacy organization, Adam Teva V’Din.

The court orders the National Planning Council to send the project back to the District Planning Committee so that it could reverse its permission to build on the site, and carry out a survey of the soil to check its pollution levels.

The appeal was based on the High Court’s rejection in May of a plan to build on contaminated land at Apollonia, also in the center of the country.

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