Colnhenge negotiations reveal Brands Hill air quality will exceed targets until 2020

Negotiations between house builder Mclaren and Slough Borough Council have revealed that air quality at Brands Hill is expected to exceed targets for another six years.

Air quality at Brands Hill is expected to remain substandard for another six years.

Air quality at Brands Hill is expected to remain substandard for another six years.

The admission came in the Planning Statement submitted by Mclaren in support of their revised Heathrow Gateway application.

Slough Borough Council is planning on setting up an additional monitoring station at Brand Hill in view of the continuing breaches and is planning on making Mclaren pay a proportion of the costs towards the new station.

It plans to monitor for NOX1, PM10 and possibly PM2.5 using a continuous monitoring station.

The implementation of the station is likely to be early 2015.

Slough’s pre-application advice to Mclaren in June this year said:

“We are looking at a monitoring campaign to cover 2015-2025 (10 years). Compliance of N02 is unlikely to occur until 2020 within Brands Hill AQMA2 but may take longer, particulate emissions remain a concern due to the high composition of HGVs on this heavy trafficked A4 ‘strategic route’”.

The statement adds:

“If SIFE takes off we shall be looking at a significant contribution from Goodman”, adding to comments accompanying last month’s funding submission for the Slough Mass Rapid Transit bus system which suggested SBC is planning on the basis that SIFE will happen.

Last month it was reported that London, Birmingham and Leeds will all be in breach of European nitrogen dioxide levels until 2030 according to government figures.

In a case at the European court of justice lawyers for the Commission described the UK’s failure to act on the breach as “perhaps the longest running infringement of EU law in history.”

The UK has exceeded the EU’s nitrogen dioxide pollution limit since 2010, leading the European commission and environmental lawyers to launch separate legal actions against the government which faces potential fines of £300m a year for its infraction.

DHL’s new incinerator at Colnbrook Lakeside, just down the road from the Brands Hill AQMA, was given planning permission on July 24.

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