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Air quality standards halt development in planning stage

For the first time in the UK, air quality standards have halted the proposed development of residential and care units at the planning stage, as reported recently on the UK Human Rights Blog.

The developers had intended to build 470 residential dwellings and 60 care units at their site in Newington, Kent. However, the immediate vicinity of the proposed development site was already in breach of the Air Quality directive 2008/50/EC for exceeding nitrogen dioxide levels. The local council had already declared two Air Quality Management Areas to address this and the Planning Inspector highlighted that the presence of this new development would increase vehicle emissions, thus further negatively impact air quality levels. Although the developer sought judicial review of the decision, they were unsuccessful.

This case brings to the fore the increasing importance that is being placed on air quality and its role at the planning stage. Alongside our acoustic consultancy services, we also provide air quality expertise and advice across a range of situations. Provision for acoustics and air quality services can be combined to save you both time and budget, ensuring that we are supporting you throughout the planning process to prevent any delays to your schedule.

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