Environmental Protection – Planning Guidance

Environmental Protection – Information for Planning Applicants

The planning system contributes to and enhances the natural and local environment by preventing both new and existing development from contributing to, being put at unacceptable risk from, or being adversely affected by unacceptable levels of soil, air, water or noise pollution.

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The planning applicant is required to demonstrate within the application documentation, usually in the form of a consultant’s report, that any adverse effects associated with the development have been identified and mitigated. 

The local planning authority consults with the Community and Environment Protection Team where the potential for contaminated land, air and/or noise/odour pollution are a material consideration in the planning process.

EH-TAP is a service for developers, applicants and agents seeking technical and regulatory advice on environmental health matters linked to the planning process. It is aimed at applicants who want to ‘get it right first time’, and is therefore of most benefit when taken up prior to submission of the planning application. 

Please refer to the local validation list for details of when noise, odour, contaminated land and air quality need to be considered

Further guidance on information to be included in a report