FURTHER clearance of the former Didcot A Power Station site is likely to be given permission by mid-July.

Planning documents on behalf of Clowes Developments, which agreed a deal to buy the site from RWE in 2014, say the land could be used in a redevelopment for commercial properties and homes.

Trees, spoil heaps, landscaping and concrete will be removed in the next stage of clearance work.

In February 2016, workers Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, Michael Collings, 53, from Teesside, and Christopher Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, died after part of the power station’s boiler house came down as it was being prepared for demolition.

It took more than six months to recover all the bodies.

According to documents by the Pegasus Group, submitted on behalf of Clowes Redevelopments: “The redevelopment of this previously developed site will bring significant benefits to the town and the access strategy for the wider Didcot area.”

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Near the power station site, business Hachette is already running a storage and distribution unit.

All documents have been submitted to South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils for approval because the site is in both districts.

Didcot’s other cooling towers are expected to be demolished this summer.

Thousands of people saw the first cooling tower at the site knocked down in the early hours of Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Coal-fired Didcot A station was shut in March 2013 after the EU passed a directive with the aim of reducing emissions for fossil-fuel power stations.

‘Explosive demolition’ will be used to knock the cooling towers down. RWE said it expected the full demolition of the Didcot A to be completed by the end of 2019.

Other work over the other power stations’ demolitions was revealed by RWE last summer.

It had been hoped the cooling towers would have been demolished in 2016 but the work was postponed after the four men died.