Air Quality

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Air Quality is an important consideration in many aspects of local authority spatial transport planning. Good planning can reduce exposure to air pollution, as well as providing other benefits of well-being to the wider community.

An Air Quality Assessment is often necessary where a proposed development may be impacted by or impacts on air quality levels. Our consultants work closely with local panning, applying good design and best-practice measures to all developments, to reduce pollutant emissions and excessive human exposure.

Assessments are being more frequently required by local authorities as a result of a combination of the poor air quality currently experienced in many urban areas and the increase in demand for housing and other developments within poor air quality areas, often within Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA's).

These assessments are usually required either at pre-application stage, in support of planning applications, or during post-submission stages, where an assessment is usually required to help discharge planning conditions or establish damage cost contribution requirements.

All of our Air Quality Assessments are undertaken in accordance with national, regional, and local air quality guidance and policies. Additional elements may be added to the typical air quality assessment, depending on the nature, scale, and location of the development, such as air quality neutral assessments (usually required within London Boroughs only), air quality monitoring, construction dust assessments, Habitats Regulations Assessments, emission mitigation statements and/or damage cost calculations.

An assessment may take the form of a scoping report, a screening assessment, or a detailed air quality impact assessment. These will be presented as either a standalone report or as a technical chapter within a wider submission document, such as an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Air Quality Assessments will usually Include at least one but often both of the following:

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What will you gain by using Mayer Brown for your Air Quality Assessment services?

We offer a professional, comprehensive and bespoke service in relation to:

Our air quality consultants have an extensive proven track record of working closely with clients supporting them in all their Air Quality Assessment needs, in line with current planning guidance. Studies often vary in content and size, depending on the specific conditions and requirements of each project.

We offer an independent and personal service, providing a cost-effective and high-quality service to all our clients, while helping them get their development successfully through the planning process.

So, whether your scheme is for a single dwelling that introduces new sensitive receptors to an area of poor air quality, or a larger-scale land development that might result in air quality impacts upon the local area, contact us for an informal discussion to explore the many ways we might be able to help you.

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Air Quality Case Studies

For examples of recent Air Quality projects we have undertaken please view our case studies for Air Quality Assessment - Horton HeathBerewoodWinter Gardens, Bournemouth - Mixed Use DevelopmentThe Canterbury Riverside Leisure Development ProjectPLASDWR - Cardiff's 21st Centurt Garden CityAir Quality Assessment - Horton HeathCEMP - Waterlooville.

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