The District Council declared an Air Quality Management Area around Stoneleigh Cottage Poultry Farm in February 2010.
The Environment Agency subsequently undertook a further round of air quality monitoring for fine particulates (PM10) in the vicinity of the poultry farm. The monitoring covered two periods; one in autumn 2010 and one in summer 2011. The results of this monitoring showed that there was no longer an exceedance of the Air Quality Objective for fine particulates. The District Council proposed revoking the Air Quality Management Area in December 2011 and published a report on the proposed revocation [PDF 5.44MB].
Local residents, the District Councillor, the MP, the Parish Council, the Environment Agency, the poultry farm operator and neighbouring local authorities were consulted by letter or email on 9 December 2011. The consultation period ran for six weeks from 12 December, ending on 23 January 2012.
The revocation report has been appraised by Defra, who have confirmed they support the proposal to revoke the Air Quality Management Area and have published a further assessment appraisal report [pdf 23kb]. On 19 April 2012 the proposal to revoke the Air Quality Management Area was presented to the District Council Community and Environment Committee for approval and was accepted.
An Order [pdf 53 KB] revoking the Air Quality Management Area came into effect on 26 April 2012.