An Ammonia Assessment is required by regulators including the Environment Agency, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, National Resources Wales and Northern Ireland Environment Agency, as well as Local Planning Authorities, to demonstrate that agricultural developments, such as new livestock housing, manure stores and slurry lagoons, will not have an significant effect on the environment. Our specialist Air Quality Consultants have extensive experience of assessing ammonia emissions and can use this knowledge to ensure a successful planning or permitting outcome for your scheme.
Ammonia Assessment Services
Redmore Environmental specialises in providing all aspects of ammonia consultancy for the agricultural sector, including:
- Consultation with Natural England and Local Planning Authorities to discuss and agree the scope of Ammonia Assessments;
- Completion of Simple Calculation of Atmospheric Impact Limits (SCAIL) Assessments to screen potential ammonia impacts on sensitive habitats;
- Dispersion Modelling Assessments to quantify ammonia impacts on sensitive habitats;
- Detailed In-combination Assessments to inform Habitats Regulations Assessments;
- Ammonia monitoring to determine baseline conditions at ecological designations, internal levels within livestock houses or releases from manure stores and lagoons; and,
- Production of Ammonia Management Plans in accordance with the ‘Code of Good Agricultural Practice‘ (COGAP) for Reducing Ammonia Emissions’ guidance produced by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Ammonia is not the only pollutant of concern associated with agricultural activities. Odours, dust and bioaerosols, as well as emissions from on-farm combustion processes, may also cause amenity or health problems for occupants of nearby properties. Redmore Environmental are able to assist and provide a full scope of works to ensure all potential issues are assessed and applications are robust.
If you are unsure of what assessments should be included as part of your planning or permit application submission then please get in touch with one of our specialist Air Quality Consultants today to discuss further.
Why undertake an Ammonia Assessment?
Ammonia can impact on the environment by damaging sensitive habitats and reduce biodiversity through acidification and eutrophication. Additionally, when ammonia is released into the atmosphere it reacts with other species to form particulates, which are harmful to human health. Concerningly, the UK Government have identified that ammonia levels are increasing and have subsequently focused on the agricultural sector, the dominant source of ammonia accounting for approximately 88% of emissions, in its Clean Air Strategy. As a result of this, ammonia can act as a significant constraint to development if not properly assessed or appropriately mitigated. An Ammonia Assessment undertaken by a specialist Air Quality Consultant can therefore prevent delays to planning approval or permit authorisation.
Find out more by reading our Ammonia Assessment in the UK article on our website.
Redmore Environmental has proven experience of preparing Ammonia Assessments to support a wide range of agricultural schemes and have resolved challenging issues for developers of small scale and intensive farms. Relevant projects include improvements to existing housing arrangements to provide modern buildings for over-wintering of dairy and beef cattle, expansion of intensive sow, pig, broiler and pullet rearing sites to allow a greater throughput of livestock annually, biomass boiler installations, as well as new farm-yard-manure and slurry stores to provide sufficient capacity to ensure compliance with the nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) rules.
Get in touch with one of our specialist Air Quality Consultants today to find out more about how we can help you overcome any issues you may be facing with a planning or permit application or visit our case studies to review recently completed projects or ammonia related news.