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LES Planning Guidance


Revised Planning Guidance

The Partnership has issued new planning guidance which consolidates earlier work and elaborates on the local policy approach and underpinning emission assessment methods and tools.

  • Local Policy Guidance for Low Emission Planning: Main Text and Technical Appendices.
    Provides a development control tool to encourage developers and agents to support action through the planning system to help improve air quality and lower transport emissions. It is a local guidance draft, which could be used by local authorities as a policy template for low emission planning.

    The LEP is working with both York and Lancaster to develop tailored local guidance based on this approach. Lancaster Draft Guidance is published on the Low Emission Hub, alongside guidance templates which can be used by any local authority interested in pursuing the approach.
  • Technical Guidance: EMA-TG (v2.0)
    Provides technical guidelines for undertaking emissions assessment for a development site. The method is designed to meet the evolving assessment needs of Local Air Quality and Low Emission Planning Policies.
  • Emission Assessment Reporting Template: EMA-RB (v2.0) and EMA-SR (v2.0)
    Supports use of the Emission Assessment Guidelines above (EMA-TG), by providing an excel template and word document to structure and present summary results.
  • Examples of site appraisal and emission assessment (Jul 16)This work demonstrates how the planning guidance can be applied to real planning applications. Anonymised examples of the emission assessment approach are demonstrated in the following case studies on the Low Emission Hub: Finch Manor, Kennedy Drive, Chestnut Heath. Accompanying reports demonstrate the approach towards: (i) Site Classification; and (ii) Reporting and Decisions.
  • Emission Assessment Tools and Methods (Dec 2016)
    Since 2009, a key focus of the Partnership’s work has been to quantify transport emissions and damage costs associated with new development. The latest tools and materials link directly to Emission Assessment Guidelines (EMA-TG). They are presented in full here.
  • Local Planning Policy Appraisal (method and example): Policy Appraisal and 2016 update
    Presents the results and conclusions of work to investigate the scale of emissions harm posed by different development sites, and to estimate the potential emissions benefits of low emission mitigation measures. (Note: Damage cost calculations reflect Defra Damage Costs at time of publication. NOX Damage Costs were subsequently revised by Defra in Sept 2015. The report tables were updated in November 2016 to reflect this.)


Original Planning Guidance

LES Guidance DocumentThe ‘Low Emission Strategies Good Practice Guidance’, was developed by the Low Emission Strategies Partnership in collaboration with Defra. The final version was published in January 2010. It establishes ways in which the planning system may be used to reduce emissions from transport, in order to improve local air quality and work towards climate change targets.

The guidance is intended for use by local authority planners and those who work closely with them, such as environmental health, transport planning and sustainable development teams. The document outlines the underlying principles of low emission strategies and includes case examples of good practice.

Defra has published the guidance as part of its suite of support tools for local authorities under the Local Air Quality Management regime.

Download the LES Planning Guidance ›

LES Supplementary Planning DocumentsIn January 2011, the LES Partnership published additional guidance on the development of Supplementary Planning Documents. This builds on the approaches outlined in the original 2010 Guidance, thus assisting local authorities wishing to promote Low Emission Strategies in their area.

Download the SPD Guidance ›

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