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Chapter 16 - Safe & Healthy Environment

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Paragraph 16.9 - 16.11

16.9 Some sites in Thanet are known to be contaminated affected by contamination. The allocation of sites should not be taken as an indication that they are free from any hazardous/physical constraints, or that they are not in the vicinity of other installations handling hazardous substances.

16.10 Development on contaminated land land affected by contamination will require a site investigation and assessment to establish the levels of contamination present and identify any remedial measures to clean the site to make it suitable for its proposed end use and remediate risks to the wider environment.

16.11 A County-wide Contaminated Land Strategy is being prepared by the Kent & Medway Contaminated Land Forum and will form part of the evidence base for this Plan once it has been finalised. The strategy provides information across the county in place of former Planning Policy Statement 23 (PPS23). The Council has adopted a revised Contaminated Land Strategy (January 2019) for the district this is currently being reviewed which sets out the Council's position on the remediation of brownfield land in relation to the EPA 1990 Part IIa duties and links with the planning regime.

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Policy SE03

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Policy SE03 - Contaminated Land affected by contamination

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Paragraph 16.17

16.17 Some methods of Sustainable Drainage can cause detriment to the groundwater. However, w Well designed SUDs in suitable locations can improve the volume of groundwater available without affecting the quality; however locations and depths of discharge to ground . Therefore discharges to the ground must be carefully designed to ensure that they are appropriate and do not cause further degradation. SUDs must be designed so that pollutants are removed prior to discharge, and where possible, properly designed in order to improve the groundwater quantity.

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Policy SE04

Policy SE04 - Groundwater Protection

Proposals for development with the Groundwater Protection Zone identified on the Policies Map will only be permitted if there is no risk of contamination to groundwater sources. If a risk is identified, development will only be permitted if adequate mitigation measures can be implemented. Proposals which involve the use of piled foundations on contaminated sites must demonstrate that they will not cause disturbance of any ground so as to cause turbidity in water supply and/or create pathways enabling contaminated materials to reach the groundwater.

Proposals for Sustainable Drainage systems involving infiltration must be assessed and discussed with the Environment Agency to determine their suitability in terms of the impact of any drainage into the groundwater aquifer.

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Paragraph 16.39

16.39 Inappropriate lighting has been shown to have major impacts on wildlife. For example, tThe impacts of light pollution on bat species and potential mitigation measures are particularly well documented.

Further guidance can be found in the ILP's recently updated guidance on the impact of light on bats: https://www.theilp.org.uk/documents/guidance-note-8-bats-andartificiallighting/.

However, lighting can have an impact on other species including those in the aquatic environment both directly and indirectly and advice from the appropriate bodies should be sought when developing lighting schemes.

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Policy SE08

Policy SE08 - Light Pollution

Development proposals that include the provision of new outdoor lighting or require specific lighting in connection with the operation of the proposed development will be permitted if it can be demonstrated that:

1) It has been designed to minimise light glare, light trespass, light spillage and sky glow through using the best available technology to minimise light pollution and conserve energy;
2) There is no adverse impact on residential amenity and the character of the surroundings;
3) There is no adverse impact on sites of nature conservation interest and/or protected and other vulnerable species and heritage assets;
4) There is no adverse impact on landscapes character areas, the wider countryside or those areas where dark skies are an important part of the nocturnal landscape;
5) It does not have an adverse impact on long distance views or from vantage points;
6) Where appropriate, mitigation measures are proposed. In addition a lighting strategy may be required for largemajor developments or those developments with specific lighting requirements or for those that are in or adjacent to sensitive locations.

A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment will be required for proposed developments that fall in to the E1 category as set out in Table 15 Environmental Zones.

Proposals that exceed the Institutione of Lighting Professionals standards will not be permitted.[i] https://www.theilp.org.uk/documents/obtrusive-light/

 

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