The Environment Agency has completed a survey of the former Marlbrook Tip in the Lickey Hills and is now preparing to apply for planning permission to carry out work to make the site safe.
The agency stepped in after the site’s owner failed to meet the deadline to carry out the work itself.
Agency officer Fiona Upchurch told residents last month that a topographical survey had been completed and they were now seeking to reclaim their costs for that.
The Environment Agency is now in charge because a balancing pond on the former tip was deemed a “reservoir”, and their engineer has ordered a minimum of 300mm of soil to be spread over the site to ensure the pond is safe.
The work will mean bringing more material on to the site, where residents suffered more than ten years of lorries thundering up and down the Lickeys as more than a million cubic metres of waste was over-tipped there – under the watch of Bromsgrove District Council.