REC was commissioned to undertake an Air Quality Assessment of potential emissions from a proposed biomass boiler at the new Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.
Atmospheric emissions produced by the boiler had the potential to cause impacts within the Citywide Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) which was designated by Glasgow City Council (GCC) due to elevated pollutant levels. An Air Quality Assessment was therefore required to quantify increases in pollutant concentrations as a result of the proposals in accordance with the requirements of GCC’s planning guidance.
The baseline work included the identification of receptors sensitive to changes in air quality in the vicinity of the proposed site and the description of existing background pollutant concentrations.
A dispersion modelling assessment of pollutants emitted by the proposed biomass boiler was undertaken using ADMS-4 and impacts at sensitive receptors quantified. The model included consideration of the effects of nearby buildings on pollutant dispersion. Other sources of uncertainty were also identified and accounted for through the use of robust assumptions where necessary.
The model outputs indicated predicted pollutant concentrations were below the relevant air quality standards at all locations within the assessment extents and impacts on baseline concentrations were not considered to be significant.
Based on the results of REC’s Air Quality Assessment, it was concluded that the development was fully compliant with all relevant planning policies and, as such, consent should not be refused on air quality grounds.