Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018

Noise, Lighting and Odours

6.22 Noise from a variety of sources, including road, rail, air, construction, entertainment venues and commercial and industrial activities, have the potential to impact on health and quality of life if not properly controlled or planned for. Poorly designed artificial light can lead to glare, sky glow and light spillage which can have an adverse impact on neighbouring residents and wildlife. Odours and fumes from commercial activities, including kitchens can have a detrimental impact on neighbouring residential amenity. Any siting of extractor flues should have regard to potential impact on neighbouring properties and the surrounding environment.


National Policy Context

6.23 In the preparation of this section regard has been had to paragraphs 120-125 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), 2012 which sets out the Government's approach to the issues of land contamination and land pollution. Planning Policy Guidance also contains guidance on light pollution.

View the national policies relating to contamination, noise and light in more detail in the online version of the Government's NPPF.


Local Strategies and Evidence

6.24 The preferred policy approach would support the objectives set out in Surrey Heath's Five Year Strategy 2016-2021. One of the Council's principal objectives is to build and encourage communities where people can live happily and healthily and improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

View the full version of Surrey Heath's Five Year Strategy, located on the Council's website.

6.25 The Surrey Heath Contaminated Land Strategy (2012) takes into account statutory guidance set out in both the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part 2A and the Revised Statutory Guidance and the Contaminated Land (amendments) Regulations 2012 in respect of addressing issues of contaminated land.


Draft Objectives for Air Quality

6.26 The following table sets out the draft objective contaminated land, air quality, noise, lighting and odours in the Issues and Options/ Preferred Approach consultation draft.

Objective F

  • Environmental (Pollution)
  • To ensure that new development considers the impact on air quality and minimises or mitigates the impact of noise, light pollution, odours, emissions and particulates.


Policy Approaches to Air Quality, Contaminated Land, Air Quality, Noise, Lighting and Odours

6.27 The preferred policy approach and alternative approaches are set out below.

Preferred Policy Approach to Air Quality, Contaminated Land, Noise, Lighting and Odours

The aim of this policy approach is to ensure that development has regard to issues of air quality, contaminated land, noise, lighting or odours by having a policy that:

  • Sets out that development should not give rise to, or be subject to, unacceptable levels of pollution, including air quality, contaminated land, noise, lighting or odours. Any adverse impacts of pollution, either arising from the development or impacting on neighbouring properties or the natural environment will be appropriately mitigated or minimised to an acceptable level. This will include measures such as providing electric charging points or other new suitable alternative technologies on larger developments.
  • Requires that development proposed on or near a site that may be impacted by, or give rise to pollution, is accompanied by an appropriate risk assessment. The assessment should propose appropriate mitigation or remediation to achieve a safe and acceptable development.
  • Seeks new development to incorporate features that may help limit impact of air pollutants, through on site technology, construction methods, incorporating facilities for electric charging points for vehicles or other suitable new or alternative technologies in place during the lifetime of the Local Plan and the use and maintenance of suitable green infrastructure including trees, shrubs and green corridors.

Alternative Approach to Air Quality, Contaminated Land, Noise, Lighting and Odours

To not have a policy which seeks issues of pollution to be identified and addressed but to rely on the Council's Planning Application Validation document and national guidance.