Air Quality Assessment, Park Hall Road, Stoke-on-Trent
REC’s Air Quality Consultants were commissioned to undertake an Air Quality Assessment in support of a planning application in Stoke-on-Trent. The proposal comprised the redevelopment of an existing metal recycling facility for residential use.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council requested an Air Quality Assessment to consider the effects of the proposed development in accordance with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
Having examined the predicted transport flows provided by the Transport Consultants, REC identified that traffic emissions would decrease as a result of the proposed development. This was confirmed by undertaking a screening assessment following Highways Agency and Environmental Protection UK guidance document criteria to help establish that detailed dispersion modelling was not considered necessary.
Construction Dust Assessment
In addition, an assessment of fugitive dust impacts during the construction phase of the development was undertaken in accordance with the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) methodology. This assessed potential air quality impacts associated with demolition, earthworks, construction and trackout activities.
A number of receptors were located in the vicinity of the site boundary including residential properties and Hulme Quarry, which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and National Nature Reserve (NNR). The magnitude of the dust impacts was assessed for each type of activity and suitable mitigation measures were advised. The significance of potential impacts from all dust generating activities was predicted to be negligible at all human and ecological receptors in the vicinity of the site, subject to implementation of the relevant controls.
The assessment results indicated that the planning application should be allowed to proceed without any air quality constraints.