Guidance on the Assessment of Odour for Planning

Guidance on the Assessment of Odour for Planning

This guidance is for assessing odour impacts for planning purposes. This document is not intended to provide guidance on odour for environmental protection regulatory purposes (e.g. Environmental Permitting, statutory nuisance investigations, etc.) and specific odour guidance from the EA1 , SEPA2  and Defra3,4,5 addresses that need. Guidance from those organisations also provides some background information on odours, details of how odours are measured, and options for controlling odour emissions; these subject areas are not repeated in detail in this guidance document. Odour can be an important issue for waste-handling and treatment developments, wastewater treatment works (WWTWs), some industrial processes, and rural activities (e.g. farming and biosolids application to fields). The relevant Planning Authority must consider whether a proposed development (an odour source itself or nearby new receptors such as residential dwellings) will be a suitable use of the land.

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