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Air Quality in Christchurch

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Air quality within Christchurch is assessed against the National Air Quality Objectives. The council is required to review air quality across the borough each year and produce a report.

 

You can view the annual reports from the latest round of review and assessment below.

Air Quality Annual Status Report 2016 (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

2015 Air Quality and Screening Assessment (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

2014 Air Quality Progress Report (pdf, 899kb) (opens in a new window)

2013 air quality progress report (pdf, 805kb) (opens in a new window)

2012 Updating and screening assessment (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

What are the National Air Quality Objectives?

The  UK air quality objectives (pdf, 15kb) (opens in a new window) are set by central government for seven pollutant parameters;

  • Benzene

  • 1.3 Butadiene

  • Particulates (PM10)

  • Carbon monoxide (CO)

  • Sulphur dioxide (SO2)

  • Nitrogen dioxide (NO2)

  • Lead (Pb)

If an assessment of the air quality in Christchurch identifies an exceedance or likely exceedance of the objective for one of these pollutant parameters, then the council will have to carry out a more detailed assessment for that pollutant. If the exceedance is confirmed then the council would declare an air quality management area (AQMA). An AQMA will define the area where the exceedance is occurring and will have an action plan to reduce the pollutant levels so that the objective is being complied with.

What is the air quality like in Christchurch?

Air quality in Christchurch has been assessed annually against the National Air Quality Objectives and there have been no occasions when these assessments have identified that the objectives are being exceeded. There is therefore no requirement for Christchurch to declare or consider declaring an AQMA.

Public Consultations on Environmental permit applications

Find out which applications have been submitted in your area and how to comment on an application.

Christchurch Borough Council has received an application from Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd for an Environmental Permit to operate Schedule 13A Small Waste Incineration Plant (SWIP).

The application has been duly made to Christchurch Borough Council on 9 December 2016.

The application has been made under The Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010 (as amended).

View the  application form (pdf, 902kb) (opens in a new window) and submission letter (pdf, 171kb) (opens in a new window)

View the  Operating Techniques Schedule (pdf, 497kb) (opens in a new window)

View the environmental risk assessment (pdf, 593kb) (opens in a new window) (see also Environment Agency screening report (pdf, 181kb) (opens in a new window), Receptor plan map (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window), Local nature reserve map (pdf, 417kb) (opens in a new window), Dorset heathlands RAMSAR site map (pdf, 485kb) (opens in a new window), Special area of conservation map (pdf, 519kb) (opens in a new window), Special protection area map (pdf, 537kb) (opens in a new window) and Site of special scientific interest map (pdf, 543kb) (opens in a new window).

View the air quality assessment (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

View the environmental management system report (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

View the site conditions report (pdf, 310kb) (opens in a new window)

View the boundary layout drawing (pdf, 238kb) (opens in a new window)

View the non-technical summary (pdf, 403kb) (opens in a new window)

Who are we consulting?

Members of the public, Environment Agency, Natural England and Public Health England.

When is the consultation?

The consultation starts on 23 December 2016 and will close on 26 January 2017.

Any comments need to be submitted to the council by the closing date. You can make a representation by either emailing or writing in to the lead contact.

 

Christchurch Borough Council has received an application from AIM Altitude for a Part B Environmental Permit to carry out a coating activity under Part 2 Section 6.4.

The application has been duly made to Christchurch Borough Council on 28 December 2016.

The application has been made under The Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2016.

View the application form and supporting documents (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

View the drawings and plans (pdf, 485kb) (opens in a new window)

Who are we consulting?

Members of the public

When is the consultation?

The consultation starts on 12 January 2017 and will close on 10 February 2017.

Any comments need to be submitted to the council by the closing date. You can make a representation by either emailing or writing in to the lead contact.

 

Why are we consulting?

The council is required to consult the public on applications in accordance with the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 and the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.

If the application for a permit is approved, the process will be subject to a number of detailed conditions as set out in the statutory guidance and which are designed to control emissions to the atmosphere from the site.

How can I take part?

You can view the application along with other supporting documents above.

If you have any questions please contact the lead contact for the consultation. 

Any representations made to the council in connection with an application will be placed on the public register unless the person making the representation requests, in writing, that they should not be so placed. Where such a request is made, the council will place a statement on the public register indicating that representations have been made which have been the subject of such a request.

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