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Air quality figures in Colsterworth are incorrect, according to South Kesteven District Council


By Daniel Jaines, Local Democracy Reporter


A warning over air quality, which saw a 70-home development on the A1 north of Stamford shelved last month, has been disproved by South Kesteven District Council officers.

Colsterworth parish councillor Mark Ramage told the authority’s planning committee last month that the site of the outline proposals had a level of nitrogen dioxide 40 per cent above European standards.

Mr Ramage said Defra figures placed the level at 60 micrograms, whereas the recommended figure was 40.

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His comments caused concerns among councillors who asked for the plans, which would be accessed from the roundabout on Bourne Road, to be deferred.

Officers will tell councillors next week that the figures they have from Defra place the level at between 10 to 20micrograms, 20micrograms below the European Standard.

“The DEFRA data demonstrates that the site is not in an area where pollutants exceed or at risk of exceeding the European and UK standards,” the officers’ report says.

“In fact, the annual mean levels are less than half the maximum permitted level.

“The council’s environmental protection team has confirmed that this is case and that the figures quoted by Colsterworth Parish Council are incorrect.

Officers have advised councillors to approve the plans when they meet to discuss them on Wednesday.

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