Independent Review of Planning Documents – St Albans
We have recently been offered a small job by St Albans Council to look over a Planning Application, and provide steering on likely Environmental Impacts to the development.
The situation is quite unusual in that the a housing development was being assessed on the basis of proposed impacts from a large mineral working & landfill scheme, that had not yet commenced.
The mineral working (quarry) scheme in question had been approved by environmental permitting, but planning permission was still pending at the time of our review.
We reviewed the extensive Environmental Impact Assessment that had been submitted in support of the Quarry & Landfill Application.
We made review of the following Environmental Impact Assessment chapters:
- Noise Impact
- Dust Impact
We also recommended for further assessment in following areas:
- Bio Aerosol
The main benefit to the local populace was the restriction of the sites operating hour to standard business hours.
Bio Aerosol and Dust risks typically fall away quite quickly at a distance of 250m from source, as the housing site was within 250 meters of the proposed quarry and landfill we recommended further assessment in these areas.