Search

Breckland air pollution guidance delayed to consider effect on developers

15:30 19 June 2012

Air pollution in Swaffham has exceeded national guidelines for two years.

Air pollution in Swaffham has exceeded national guidelines for two years.

Archant © 2009

New guidance to limit air pollution from developments in Breckland has been delayed after councillors said they wanted more information about how it would affect developers.

Cabinet members today said they did not want news that air pollution in Swaffham has breached national standards for two years, triggering the district’s first air quality management area, to inhibit new development in the town.

The technical guidance document, drawn up by the Norfolk Environmental Protection Group with eight Norfolk councils, is designed to help developers factor air quality considerations into their plans at an early stage.

Swaffham councillor Frank Sharpe raised concerns the problems in the town could get worse after councillors approved 335 new homes in March, and with plans for 250 more dwellings and a Tesco store under consideration.

However, fellow Swaffham councillor Ian Sherwood said that while he valued air quality, the town needed development to provide jobs, housing and services, and he did not want “an overreaction because we are having fumes above a certain level” to restrict this.

The council’s overview and scrutiny committee had recommended the cabinet accept the guidance, but a decision was deferred to a later meeting.

0 comments

Other news

Abellio have been awarded the franchise for the east's rail services. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Abellio has been confirmed by the Department for Transport as the operator of the new East Anglian rail franchise, which will commence on the 16th October 2016.

Level 42, who will be headlining at Holkham on Saturday nigght.

Fans will be turning out in force as three of the biggest acts of the 1980s head for Holkham this weekend.

Yesterday, 16:34
The scene of the collision on the A148 between Fakenham and Holt, in which a man in his 30s died. Picture: Chris Bishop

Paramedics and passers-by fought to save a man who was pronounced dead at the scene of a head-on collision.

Yesterday, 09:58
The residents of Beeston and the surrounding areas are campaigning to buy The Ploughshare pub. Picture: Ian Burt

People now have the chance to buy shares in a 16th century village pub, with a fascinating history, as a campaign to save the building from permanent closure gathers pace.

Most Read

Yesterday, 16:34
The scene of the collision on the A148 between Fakenham and Holt, in which a man in his 30s died. Picture: Chris Bishop

Paramedics and passers-by fought to save a man who was pronounced dead at the scene of a head-on collision.

Read more
Norfolk police
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Burnham Overy Staithe at dusk. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The director of a Norfolk estate which manages one of the county’s most picturesque harbours has hit out at boaters who dumped two lorry engines to make a mooring.

Read more
Abellio have been awarded the franchise for the east's rail services. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Abellio has been confirmed by the Department for Transport as the operator of the new East Anglian rail franchise, which will commence on the 16th October 2016.

Read more
United Kingdom
Yesterday, 09:58
The residents of Beeston and the surrounding areas are campaigning to buy The Ploughshare pub. Picture: Ian Burt

People now have the chance to buy shares in a 16th century village pub, with a fascinating history, as a campaign to save the building from permanent closure gathers pace.

Read more
United Kingdom
Yesterday, 06:30
Some of the volunteers that helped to build the new boardwalk and the Volunteers' Hide at the reserve. Picture: Ian Burt

Volunteer builders, sponsors and supporters of a new boardwalk and bird watching hide, which offer panoramic views of the Wensum Valley, were thanked at its official opening.

Read more
Adrian Vertigan

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 26°C

min temp: 15°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up