A noise assessment will be used to determine a suitable layout for the site, as well as a plan for any additional measures which will be needed to reduce noise impacting the new houses. The plan will ensure that the best possible environment is provided for residents throughout the lifetime of the project.
A Noise and Vibration Management Plan will describe the ways in which nuisance noise and vibrations from construction will be kept to a minimum. All assessments will be submitted as part of the Hybrid Planning Application.
The proposed development will be arranged to reduce the impact from the main air polluting sources (M6 motorway and other A-roads) and follow guidance produced by the Council.
An Air Quality Assessment will be completed for the planning application. This will also assess the potential air quality impacts during the construction of the development, including dust from construction traffic.
Transport and Highways
A Transport Assessment will review the capacity of the existing local road network and at key junctions to determine if the roads can accommodate additional traffic created by the development. It will also consider other committed new developments and recommend ways to reduce the impact.
A road safety review will also be undertaken with accident statistics from the last year for the roads around the site to be analysed.
A full ground investigation has been designed for the site and will be undertaken as part of the Hybrid Planning Application. This will include testing of soil and groundwater samples to confirm the condition of the soil beneath the site, as well as gas monitoring.
The results will inform the Remediation Strategy. This will recommend the approach to treating any land contamination and any mine workings found on the site.
Flood Risk and Drainage
The site lies within Flood Zone 1, an area with the lowest chance of flooding (less than 0.1% chance of flooding in any year, sometimes known as having a 1:1000 year chance).
A Drainage Strategy will ensure that no additional flood risk is created by the development and that a sustainable approach to water management is adopted. This might include a range of features such as water detention basins and swales, as well as tree pits and rain gardens which will slow the flow of water from the site into the watercourse.
The site has potential to support animals such as bats, water voles, reptiles and nesting birds. Ecological surveys will measure their presence as well as assessing potential habitats as part of the SLINC on the site. New habitats will be provided and measures will be made to ensure that there is no loss of biodiversity resulting from the development.
Recommendations will also be made to ensure that species and habitats are protected during construction and that any protected species licenses are in place.
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