Environmental Protection information for Planning Applicants


The planning system contributes to and enhances the natural and local environment. This is done by preventing new and existing development from contributing to, being put at unacceptable risk from, or being adversely affected by unacceptable levels of:

  • soil pollution
  • air pollution
  • water pollution
  • noise pollution.

The planning applicant is required to prove within the application documentation, that any adverse effects associated with the development have been identified and mitigated.

The planning authority consults with the Environment Protection Team where the following matters are a material consideration in the planning process:

  • contaminated land,
  • air
  • noise
  • odour pollution

Environmental Health - Technical Advice for Planning Applicants (EH-TAP)

EH-TAP provides technical and regulatory advice on matters linked to the planning process to:

  • developers
  • applicants
  • agents

It is for applicants who want to ‘get it right first time’. It is of most benefit when taken up before submission of the planning application.

Which aspects of pollution do I need to consider in my planning application?

Please refer to the local validation list for details of when consideration needs to be given to:

  • noise
  • odour
  • contaminated land
  • air quality

Required  information in the pollution assessment?

Further guidance on information to be included in a report

National Noise and Odour Guidance

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