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Air Quality

For both commercial and residential developments, it is vital to ensure the air quality in the surrounding areas will not be negatively impacted by emissions, odours, or dust during and after work has been carried out, in order for planning permission to be granted.

At Ensafe, our air quality assessments are designed to ensure full compliance for your business. These assessments, carried out by our experienced environmental consultants, can determine whether a site is suitable for use in terms of the potential impact on air quality and any subsequent risk to human health, as well as how pollutants can be mitigated.

Here at Ensafe, our experts have the qualifications and knowledge to perform the necessary assessments and surveys for a number of sectors including property and construction, industrial and commercial, retail and managed estates, using their comprehensive understanding of the relevant markets and regulatory authorities to ensure every clients’ needs are met within the required timescales.

Our air quality services include:

Air Quality Assessments – As both a standalone service and as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment, our air quality consultants determine the suitability of potential sites and the potential impact on air quality your project may have.

Dispersion Modelling Assessments – Dispersion modelling is vital in determining pollutant levels and can therefore inform the early stages of your project to mitigate any issues and achieve compliance.

Air Quality Monitoring – You can rely on our air quality monitoring services to provide an accurate reading of emission levels on your site, ensuring the air quality complies with the necessary British and international standards.

Odour Assessments – Minimise the risk of nuisance complaints by assessing the effects of odour on the surrounding environment before your project has begun.

Mitigation Advice – All of the mitigation advice offered by Ensafe is completely bespoke to your project, reducing the effects of air pollution for future occupants and users. Examples of potential mitigation measures include:

  • Sustainable travel plans;
  • Electric vehicle infrastructure;
  • Lox emission domestic boilers; and
  • Mechanical ventilation systems.

Expert Witness - Our expert witnesses can support both developers and objectors in all manner of inquiries relating to air quality and pollution issues, using years of professional industry experience.

Policy Advice – We work with several industry bodies and regulators to ensure you are up to date on the latest policies and legislations and know how these may affect your day-to-day work.

Air Quality Risk Assessment for Environmental Permits -  In the UK any activity that causes emissions of pollutants may require an Environmental Permit. Depending on your activity and the pollution risk, you may need to apply to the Environment Agency (or Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) for the larger processes or your local council for less polluting activities. Ensafe use screening tools or dispersion modelling to determine the significance of impacts.

Environmental Permits need to demonstrate that they are using Best Available Techniques (BAT). BAT means the available techniques which are the best for preventing or minimising emissions and impacts on the environment. This is designed to ensure the impacts would not be significant.

Air Quality Assessment for Planning - Air quality is a material planning consideration and therefore air quality issues must be given due weight when determining an application. An appropriate assessment of air quality must therefore be included with any application that may adversely affect local air quality or be significantly affected by existing levels.

In the UK, industry advice from the National Government and the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) guides on the detail of the assessment required, suitable tools to use such as dispersion modelling, how to assesses impact magnitude and determination of overall significance.

SCAIL (Simple Calculation of Atmospheric Impact Limits) assessments - Under the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), permits are required for intensive agriculture to ensure compliance with relevel Air Quality assessment levels and odour control. SCAIL  assessments help to support planning applications in the agricultural sector through the screening of agricultural air emission impacts on ecologic sites.

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