1 Planning and Air Quality: Guidance for Developers
1.1 How can Planning help improve air quality?
Land-use planning can play a critical role in improving local air quality. At the strategic level, spatial planning can provide for more sustainable
transport links between the home, workplace, educational, retail and leisure facilities, and identify appropriate locations for potentially polluting
industrial development. For an individual development proposal, there may be associated emissions from transport or combustion processes providing heat and power. [What is a sustainable transport link, unless it means limited car use, it is not sustainable!]
Although many individual developments may be small and have a minimal impact on traffic volumes and local air quality, cumulatively this level of
development will inevitably increase road congestion and have an associated impact on air quality. [All developments lead to higher levels of road congestion!]
The impacts of development proposals on air quality must be taken into account and Cornwall Council will seek to ensure that new developments do not exacerbate air quality problems in existing and potential AQMAs, or create new problems elsewhere.
Policies which reduce the need to travel and encourage access by non-car modes should help to reduce air pollution, as well as carbon emissions.
Cornwall Council will ensure that air quality is considered when assessing development proposals, particularly in or near AQMAs and where significant doubt arises as to the air quality impact then the precautionary principle should be applied.
All new developments will be expected to take account of the needs of cyclists and pedestrians either by the direct provision or by contribution to
new routes or links to existing routes within or adjoining a settlement. Developments which are likely to have significant transport implications
should provide a Travel Plan (TP) demonstrating practical measures for achieving sustainable transport objectives (CC Generic Action 5). [Cycling is not really a viable option and are travel plans worth the paper they are written on? – Probably not].
Planning officers routinely seek comments from Neighbourhoods and Neighbourhoods and Public Protection on various planning applications. This is particularly the case for any proposed development which might have an impact on existing air quality within or adjacent to an AQMA or area where concerns about air quality have been raised.
[If there was concern over the impact of new developments why would so many get permission? And why were houses built at Dolcoath next to a busy road!!!!]