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DUST ASSESSMENTS

The effects of dust in relation to soiling (local amenity) and health can be a concern in the planning process and visible dust emissions and deposition can lead to complaints.  Dust can be generated in a number of processes including during demolition and construction activities, mineral activities such as quarrying, industrial processes such as cement batching, and waste management.  Miller Goodall has wide experience of advising on the effects of dust including:

  • Production of dust assessments in relation to construction and demolition, waste transfer and landfill sites, industrial processes
  • Dust monitoring
  • Preparation of dust management plans
  • Input into Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMPs) to mitigate the impact of sites in relation to dust emissions
  • Providing evidence to planning appeals

Construction and demolition dust assessments
Miller Goodall has completed many construction and demolition dust assessments using:

These documents include guidance on:

  • Preparation of an assessment for dust from construction and demolition activities, including dust risk assessments
  • The stages of development the dust assessment needs to cover i.e. demolition, earthwork, construction and ‘trackout’ (vehicles leaving the site)
  • Identification of the potential scale (large, medium, small) of dust emissions for each stage of work and the level of risk due to the scale of dust emissions on health, ‘dust soiling’ and the natural environment
  • Recommendations for monitoring
  • Dust mitigation techniques appropriate to the level of risk

Mineral dust assessments
National Planning Policy Framework advises that when determining planning applications, local mineral planning authorities should ensure that any unavoidable dust and particle emissions are controlled, mitigated or removed at source. Many authorities will require a mineral dust assessment to address the issue.

Miller Goodall completes mineral dust assessments using the Institute of Air Quality Management guidance “Guidance on the Assessment of Mineral Dust Impacts for Planning”.

The guidance uses a simple screening process to identify those mineral sites where the dust impacts are unlikely to be significant and therefore require no further assessment. If further assessment is required, the Source – Pathway - Receptor approach to evaluate the risk of dust impacts and effects is used.

Intensive farming dust assessments
Large, intensive farming activities can give rise to dust soiling, and assessments may be required for both planning applications and environmental permit applications. Miller Goodall has experience in assessing dust from large poultry farms in accordance with Environment Agency guidance (Appendix 11 of EPR 6.09 Assessing Dust Control Measures on Intensive Poultry Installations) and Local Authority Technical Guidance TG(16).

Dust monitoring
We work with a trusted partner to provide directional and deposition dust monitoring.

To talk about your requirements or request a quote, contact Miller Goodall today.

Acoustics and air qualityKey features

  • Construction and demolition dust assessments
  •  Mitigation advice
  • Dust inputs for CEMPs
  • Expert advice on meeting local authority requirements

Acoustics and air qualityFeatured project: Fernbank Mill

Miller Goodall  was asked to provide an air quality assessment in relation to an outline planning application for a residential development on land within the boundaries of an active pre-cast concrete plant. Read more

Acoustics and air qualityDid you know

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I was very impressed with the quality of work provided by Miller Goodall. They provided us with a very comprehensive dust impact assessment report for the quoted fee and work was completed within the agreed timescale. I would therefore have no hesitation in instructing Miller Goodall again for any future projects we are involved in.

Philip Sharland
Philip Sharland Senior Planning Consultant, Silkstone Environmental Ltd

Miller Goodall’s expertise, advice and reports in terms of noise, air and dust was essential to the successful outcome of the application.

Simon Plowman
Simon Plowman Plan 8 Town Planning Limited


Bringing Miller Goodall into your project as environmental consultants means you can be certain that you are meeting the required standards of environmental best practice. Talk to us: info@millergoodall.co.uk

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