Pollution

CountrysideThe Public Health and Housing Section deals with a wide range of pollution related issues and enquiries. These pages can be used to find out more about activities that can cause pollution, about activities that are regulated by law to control the pollution that they may cause and about land contamination.

Many activities can, if not undertaken carefully or in accordance with the law, pollute our environment. Abandoned vehicles are unsightly and can leak fuel and oils where they are abandoned. Bonfires, as well as potentially causing a nuisance to neighbouring properties can cause localised air pollution.

The District Council produces annual reports on local air quality in Derbyshire Dales. In order to help us to do this we carry out routine monitoring throughout the district for a number of common air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide, lead and dust.

Some activities are regulated by law under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 (as amended). These are certain types of industrial and agricultural processes that have been designated as requiring permits to operate due to their potential to give rise to pollution of land, air or water. Some activities are permitted by the Environment Agency and some are permitted by the District Council.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part IIA gives the District Council the responsibility to deal with land contamination issues. These are typically those issues arising from historical activities that are suspected to have resulted in land contamination and may pose a risk to human health or the wider environment.

We also advise our Planning colleagues and developers to ensure that local development is undertaken in such a way that issues including noise, light, odour and contaminated land do not become a problem.

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Asbestos

The District Council receives a number of complaints and enquiries each year about the disposal of asbestos. Many people...
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Light

Light shining into your property can be a nuisance.  The Clean Neighbourhoods Act creates a new form of legal nuisa...
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Chimney height approval

The Clean Air Act 1993 makes it an offence to cause, or knowingly permit, a furnace to be used to: burn pulverised fu...
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Oil tanks

Many rural properties rely on oil-fired central heating, in particular in villages where there is no mains gas supply. A...
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Air quality reports and monitoring information

The District Council have monitored air pollution at sites throughout Derbyshire Dales for a number of years. More recen...
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Air pollution

One of our statutory duties is to undertake period reviews of the air quality in the district. ...

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