White Moss Quarry Development
REC Ltd was recently commissioned to carry out Air Quality and Noise Impact Assessments in support of a planning application for a large-scale residential and commercial development near Alsager in Cheshire.
Plans for the site, which is located by the M6 motorway at the old White Moss Quarry, include provision for 1,000 new homes, along with a 150 bed extra care housing facility and additional retail units.
The developers, Liverpool’s Renew Land Developments Ltd, hope that the ‘new village’ will enhance local economy, and local business owners have been quick to recognise the benefits that the development will bring to the area.
Jethro Redmore, Manager of the Air Quality Impact Group at REC Ltd said,
“Renew Land Developments approached us in to assist with a number of assessments with the site following similar successful projects within Cheshire East.
We addressed a number of environmental issues to ensure that the proposals would provide a sustainable development whilst protecting local residents from unacceptable impacts.
“The works identified a number of mitigation measures to improve the environmental performance of the site and support the scheme throughout the planning process”.
The scale of the development and its proximity to the M6 motorway meant that it was necessary for REC Ltd to assess the impacts of pollutants on immediate and neighbouring areas. The increased traffic emissions and dust pollution during the phases of construction, and also throughout the operational stages of the development were considered. This was carried out through a series of desk studies and atmospheric dispersion modelling which ultimately found that Air Quality issues would not be considered a constraint to the planning application.
The Noise Impact Assessment identified two key noise sources that could impact negatively on the development. Both the proximity to the M6 and the busy B5077 Butterton Lane mean that the area has increased risk of noise pollution. A number of recommendations were therefore made by REC’s Noise Impact team in order to address these concerns, primarily that certain residential units would require acoustic glazing and special positioning of outdoor amenity areas in order to minimise any effects from the neighbouring traffic sources.