Council rejects tower block over ‘deficient’ air quality assessment

Plans to build a seven-storey student accommodation block have been refused because the local authority deemed the related air quality assessment unsatisfactory.

Before the Christmas break, Coventry City Council's planning committee refused the proposal in line with its planning officer’s recommendations. 

Property agents NKM Studio had submitted the plans on behalf of the applicant in May last year for studio apartments and two to three bedroom en-suite flats with communal areas.

But the air quality assessment, carried out by consultants Eden Green Environmental, was deemed “deficient'' as it had not factored in the effects of roadside levels of pollution sufficiently and had failed to show how students would have been affected by it during their stay, according to the planning officer's report.

The officer said it was “well-known” that the site on Stoney Stanton Road had high levels of air pollution and that Coventry as a whole is a designated Air Quality Management Zone – the worst areas in the country for air quality. The officer concluded that that planning permission should be withheld until "it is established that a satisfactory living environment can be produced at the site".

Noise was another reason the application was refused as insufficient information had been submitted, the council said.

In their decision, the council said the application was contrary to the Coventry Local Plan 2016 and guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework – the government’s national planning blueprint.

To view the planning application in full click here. Planning Ref: OUT/2019/1323

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