Worcestershire Regulatory Services perform an important role in the planning process. We provide our partners with technical advice on the environmental suitability of strategic planning and major developments, down to simple planning applications made by individual members of the public.

The technical guidance provided here is designed to assist planning officers, members of the public, environmental consultants and planning agents in the process. This may include submitting supporting documents to properly consider the impact of the proposed development.

Members of public wishing to make a comment on planning application(s) please contact the Local Planning Authority at your local council.

Construction & Demolition

WRS addresses all aspects of pollution associated with building work and construction activity and will draw its requirements to the attention of developers during the development and ground preparation stages. This guide is designed with major construction projects in mind however small scale developers will find the guide useful.

A copy of the best practice guide is available to download below:

WRS Construction and Demolition Guide

Technical Guidance Note for Planning

This technical guidance document sets out in detail, Worcestershire Regulatory Services approach to dealing with environmental protection matters when consulted by local planning authorities(LPA) focusing on the areas of Contaminated Land, Air Quality, Light Pollution, Noise and Vibration and Odour. Experienced planning applicants may wish to use this document to assist in their own pre-application screening process as to whether their proposals will require assessment for suitability. A copy of the guidance is available to download below.

Technical Guidance Note for Planning              

Associated Documents

The technical guidance note for planning refers to several stand alone guides refered to in the technical guidance note for planning which are specific to certain areas of work some may be retracted or no longer avaiable, however their technical content  remains valid for the purposes of assessing environmental impact on planning matters. Copies of these documents are available to download here(Please note that DEFRA guidance for the control of odour from commercial kitchen systems has been superseeded by EMAQ's guidance. The document can be sourced from here

AQA and Dispersion Model requirements v.10

AQA Sensitivity Rationale Note v.4

DEFRA Odour Guidance for Local Authorities 2010

Biomass Boilers & Large Combustion Plant

Biomass boilers are regulated in a variety of ways (depending on the size of the boiler) and WRS requires additional information to make the appropriate assessment for compliance with these requirments. WRS have powers under The Clean Air Act 1993 to request the measurement of dust emissions from the biomass boiler exhaust stack and require arrestment plant to be installed to control dust emissions if required.

The act is primarily aimed at controlling smoke, grit and dust.  This legislation does not serve to mitigate fine particulate matter emissions. The technical details of the biomass boiler, emission concentrations, fuel specification, fuel storage and delivery arrangements in addition to a determination of stack height must be submitted to us for approval. The biomass boiler information form should be completed and included with your planning application if planning permission is required. The information request can be downloaded below.

Biomass Boiler Information Request Form

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