SES can assist in providing Air Quality Assessments to support planning applications.
Assessments are being requested in support of an increasing number of planning applications, both at the pre-application and post-submission stages. These require the consideration of whether sites are suitable for the proposed use, or to determine whether a development will cause significant air quality impacts at sensitive locations. Specifically referenced within the National Planning Policy Framework, air quality issues can be a material planning consideration and have led to the refusal of consent for a wide range of schemes.
Air quality assessments are usually required where development sites are located close to busy roads or existing commercial and residential properties. This often means that the site is also affected by noise or may have an impact on noise levels in the area and that a noise assessment is necessary. Many of our clients ask us to complete noise and air quality assessments on the same site. This enables mitigation measures for noise and air quality, which are often similar in nature, to be considered together, saving time and money and streamlining the whole process.
Dust monitoring may be required by the Local Authority to ensure mitigation measures detailed in an Air Quality Assessment are being achieved during the construction plan.
SES carry out monitoring via fixed stations which log continuously or by visiting sites on a regular basis and taking results using a hard held monitor to measure level at the sites boundaries.