REC was commissioned to undertake an Air Quality Assessment in support of a planning application for a proposed residential-led mixed-use scheme at land to the south-east of Beverley. The proposals comprise the development of the site to provide a residential led mixed-use scheme for up to 900 houses, including a Park and Ride facility, open space and other associated infrastructure.
Due to the size of the proposals, the development had the potential to cause air quality impacts at sensitive locations, including from fugitive dust emissions generated during the construction phase and road vehicle exhaust emissions from additional traffic generated by the development. An Air Quality Assessment was therefore required to quantify pollutant levels across the site, consider location suitability for residential use and provide consideration of potential effects as a result of the proposals.
Potential construction phase air quality impacts from fugitive dust emissions were assessed as a result of earthworks, construction and trackout activities. Suitable good-practice mitigation measures were recommended during the construction phase to reduce potential impacts to an acceptable level.
Dispersion modelling was undertaken in order to quantify pollutant concentrations at the site. This indicated that pollutant concentrations were not predicted to exceed the Air Quality Objectives at sensitive locations across the site. The assessment also concluded that air quality impacts as a result of the development were not predicted to be significant.
Based on the assessment results, air quality issues were not considered a constraint to planning consent for the proposed development.