Recent air quality assessments by Aether

25 April 2022

Over the last six months, the air quality assessment team have been working on many detailed assessments for housing schemes and industrial sites as well as mitigation strategies, low emission strategies and air quality neutral and positive statements for developers.

Recent examples include an air quality assessment for the proposed development of Caversham Park near Reading. From 1943, the site was home to BBC monitoring and related uses; however, in recent years the BBC has been winding down its operations. The project will consist of redevelopment of the existing buildings to create 66 assisted living apartments, a 64 bed care home, as well as an additional 94 houses and apartments around the site. The ADMS-Roads dispersion model was used to determine the impact of emissions from road on sensitive receptors traffic both without and with development and predicted concentrations were compared with the air quality objectives. The impact of the development was deemed to be negligible; however, the development will install electric charging points, a travel plan is being provided and air source heat pumps will be used for heating to minimise emissions arising from the site.

Another example includes the development of a mitigation strategy for a proposed Lidl store in Gillingham, Kent. The assessment used Medway Council’s Air Quality Planning Guidance document and Defra’s 2020 damage cost guidance to calculate the total damage cost of the expected traffic generation over a five-year period. This information was then combined with the cost of mitigation actions that Lidl are taking including the installation of multiple solar photovoltaic panels on the store roof and electric vehicle charging points to ensure that appropriate mitigation was being provided.

For further information on our air quality assessment work, please see our AQA service pages. 


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