Planning Policy Statement 23: Planning and Pollution Control

One of a series of Planning Policy Statements (PPSs) on various planning matters which replaced the previous Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPGs).

This PPS replaced the previous PPG 23: Planning and Pollution Control and it is complementary to the framework of the Pollution and Pollution Control Regulations 2000. It contains further advice in its three Annexes:
Annex 1: Pollution Control, Air and Water Quality. Annex 2: Development on Land Affected by Contamination. Annex 3: Planning and Light Pollution.

The policy recognises the fact that pollution arising from developments has an impact on quality of land, air, water and health and as such they are material to planning considerations. It serves as a reference policy document to the Local Planning Authority in the preparation of Local Development Documents (LDDs) and in consideration of individual planning applications. Where these policies are not incorporated in planning considerations and local development documents, the Secretary of State may invoke his powers to effect implementation.

It adopts the core environmental principles of sustainable development and the Precautionary Principle as established in the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, which states that “where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation”.

The document states the government's concern to make planning policy more of a strategic proactive force for working towards economic, social and environmental well being; PPS 23 states that the ten principles and approaches set out in the Government's Strategy for Sustainable Development for the UK are particularly applicable to planning and pollution control. These ten principles include making people-centred policies, taking a long-term perspective, and using scientific knowledge, all in a transparent and participative way. Page last updated: 28 April 2010
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