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Air Quality Assessment – Cleve Hill Solar Park DCO Application

Client – Cleve Hill Solar Park

Scope – The project is the largest solar and battery storage park in the UK (the solar scheme being c. 330 MWp and the proposed battery storage capacity being 750 MWh). At this scale permission for the development is being sought through the Development Consent Order (DCO) process as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). Through the EIA Scoping process the Planning inspectorate requested, given the duration of construction works, that both a construction dust and construction traffic emissions assessment be undertaken as part of the ES. The impacts of construction dust were assessed following IAQM guidance. Traffic emissions, arising from vehicle trips, during the construction phase were modelled using the DMRB screening method.

Solution – The traffic emissions were assessed as being of negligible significance and therefore no mitigation was proposed. With regard to construction dust effects were considered to be low subject to the implementation of best practice construction measures, which are built in to construction method statements.