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New Guidance on the Assessment of Mineral Dust Impacts for Planning

New Guidance on the Assessment of Mineral Dust Impacts for Planning

In May 2016, the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) launched new guidance on the assessment of minerals sites for the purpose of planning applications. The guidance is specifically for use in England, however the principles of the guidance are applicable to sites across the UK in conjunction with local planning guidance.

The IAQM document was prepared to address the lack of guidance provided by the government in relation to assessing these types of site.

The document provides a framework to ensure a consistent assessment approach. It describes an initial screening assessment approach to determine whether further, more detailed assessment is necessary. It also provides examples of mitigation measures which may be required, in addition to best-practice measures already proposed, in order to remove the identified risk of nuisance complaints and adverse health effects.

SRL’s air quality team has many years’ experience of dust assessments, including for minerals sites and construction sites, and can assist in the preparation of air quality assessments and Dust Management Plans for the purposes of supporting planning applications. SRL also has in-house capability for air quality and dust monitoring.

To find out more please contact Denise  or call her on 01787 247595