Air Quality Planning Practice Guidance issued


In March 2014 Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) was launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). One of the topics covered by the PPG is Air Quality and the PPG explains that whether or not air quality is relevant to a planning decision will depend on the proposed development and its location. Concerns could arise if the development is likely to generate air quality impact in an area where air quality is known to be poor. They could also arise where the development is likely to adversely impact upon the implementation of air quality strategies and action plans and/or lead to a breach of EU legislation.

When deciding whether air quality is relevant to a planning application, considerations include whether the development would:
• Significantly affect traffic in the immediate vicinity of the proposed development site or further afield, for example by generating or increasing traffic congestion; significantly changing traffic volumes, vehicle speed or both; or significantly altering the traffic composition on local roads.
• Introduce new point sources of air pollution for example furnaces; extraction systems (including chimneys) which require approval under pollution control legislation or biomass boilers or biomass-fuelled CHP plant; centralised boilers or CHP plant burning other fuels within or close to an air quality management area or introduce relevant combustion within a Smoke Control Area;
• Expose people to existing sources of air pollutants, for example by building new homes in places with poor air quality.
• Give rise to potentially unacceptable impact (such as dust) during construction for nearby sensitive locations.
• Affect biodiversity.

The PPG states that where there are concerns about air quality, the local planning authority may want to know about:
• the ‘baseline’ local air quality;
• whether the proposed development could significantly change air quality during the construction and operational phases; and/or
• whether there is likely to be a significant increase in the number of people exposed to a problem with air quality.

The PPG advises that air quality assessments should be proportionate to the nature and scale of development proposed and the level of concern about air quality, and because of this are likely to be locationally specific and should be agreed between the local planning authority and applicant before commissioning.

Our Air Quality Services

Miller Goodall Environmental Services Ltd has a proven track record of; • Preparing high-quality reports in support of planning applications
• Working with multi-disciplinary teams to prepare the air quality chapters of full Environmental Statements
• Providing expert witness support for Public Inquiries and Hearings

Projects completed in the last two years include;
• Detailed air quality assessment for a mixed use development – change of use planning application from farm to sports village including a new football ground for AFC Fylde, a warehouse and distribution centre with ancillary office space, retail store, sports science building, a full size outdoor floodlit 3G sports pitch, 3 all-weather floodlit “five a side” pitches, petrol filling station, non-food bulky goods retail use, hotel, pub / restaurant and drive through restaurant.
• Detailed air quality assessments for a range of residential developments
• Screening assessment using DMRB for the extension of a car park for a large office building
• Studies into air quality around various sites which developers have wished to move from one planning use to another during development plan reviews.
• Detailed air quality assessment for a mixed use development incorporating up to 800 dwellings, elderly care provision, a 260 berth canal based marina (with associated chandlery and facilities building), a primary school, a medical centre, local shopping, restaurants, employment uses, a junior cricket pitch, community orchards and allotments, new footpaths/bridleways and public open space.
• Provision of expert evidence in relation to air quality at a Planning Inquiry into the extension of a landfill site in Warrington.

If you would like to discuss how we can help your project, please contact us on 01204 596166 or email To read the Guidance in full visit

Just Construction and Property Charity Golf Day


Golf day team

Miller Goodall entered a team into the Just Construction and Property Charity Golf day at Wilpshire Golf Club and the team claimed runner-up prize!  The team of 4 included; Paul McGarry, Regional Director  at Thomas Barnes and Sons PLC, David Hamer,  Director at Bradshaw Gass & Hope LLP, Ian Begg of Evolve Management and Consulting and Jo Miller, Director at Miller Goodall Environmental Services Ltd.

The day started with a chipping competition and then continued with an 18 hole competition.  Excellent company and good quality golf resulted in the runner up prize.


The event was held to raise money for two Blackburn children’s charities, Derian House and Legacy Rainbow House.  With sponsorship from members of Just Construction and Property Networking and team entries, a total of £500 was raised.

Just C&P Chosen Colour

A Guide to Camping at Wimbledon – Coping with Noise

Jo made a rash decision to get into the queue at Wimbledon on the first weekend of the tournament and camp overnight for tickets the following day.  Upon arrival at 2100 hours Jo and her son were number 1856 in the queue, which promised a ground pass to watch a full day of tennis.  The tent was put up, they freshened up and tried to get to sleep.  However, the noise level recorded on Jo’s sound level meter app. at 2342 hours showed how impossible that would be!

Noise levels in tent at 2345.

Sleep disturbance can have a number of negative implications including; stress, disturbance of concentration, difficulties in speech recognition and social interaction. The recommended sound level which supports a full night’s sleep is between 30 and 35 dB(A).

Jo’s advice therefore to ensure at least some sleep in the queue to Wimbledon is to take earplugs! As a one off, the tiredness was worth it, they saw some great tennis and had the chance of sitting next to Judy Murray and watch Jamie Murray in an epic doubles match.

Miller Goodall support Franny Lee BLGC Golf Day

After jinxing the weather by mentioning the sun, the Franny Lee Golf day on 13th June 2013 turned out to be a wet and windy start but improved to provide a fine afternoon’s golf.

golf day cropped

Miller Goodall were proud to support the Franny Lee Bolton Lads and Girls Club charity golf day on 13th June 2013 by sponsoring a team.  Jo Miller led a team of 4 including;  PJ Leyden from the LK Group,  David Hamer from Bradshaw Gass and Hope, and Phil Rothwell from Peel Holdings.

As usual the competitive spirit was high on the day with highs and lows for everyone. The team narrowly missed out on 3rd place.

Miller Goodall are proud patrons of the Bolton Lads and Girls Club who provide first class support to youngsters around the Bolton area.  The day was supported by Franny Lee and raised over £14000 for the club.

Well done to all and we look forward to next year!


Welcoming Matt Hopley to the team

Matt is an acoustic consultant with over 10 years experience in acoustics, noise and vibration control.

Matt Hopley

Matt Hopley

He is experienced in project management, acoustic design, prediction and test.  He studied for his degree in Physics from University of Sheffield, subsequently obtained the post-graduate diploma in Sound and Vibration Studies from the University of Southampton.  Matt also holds the IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.  Matt is also a corporate member of the Institute of Acoustics. In his spare time he enjoys running and the great outdoors

Miller Goodall New Staff Member – Jo Williams

A warm welcome to Jo Williams who has joined us as a part time admin officer.

Jo Williams

Jo Williams

Jo is a qualified further education tutor with a degree in Media with Business Management and I.T.  Previously Jo has worked in customer service and administration and she will work with our Office Manager.  She will be the first point of contact for our clients on Mondays and Fridays and help to keep the team organised. 

Jo also sings part time and we are sure will make an excellent addition to our team.

Building a Bright and Bold Future for Birtenshaw School

Building a bright and bold future for Birtenshaw School – that was our aim and we didn’t disappoint!

Miller Goodall has just completed acoustic detailing and testing work at the new building which will house Birtenshaw School, a special needs school in Bromley Cross, Bolton.

Birtenshaw School

Birtenshaw School

We are very proud to be involved with this project, particularly as it’s only 500m from our office! The new school, run by Birtenshaw charity, is twice the size of the old school building and offers visitors a whole new world to explore, including a hydrotherapy pool, specialist classrooms and interactive learning spaces, as well as a range of sensory and therapeutic facilities providing state-of-the-art educational facilities for the most profoundly disabled children.

The new school has been built in the field adjacent to the old school, and Miller Goodall was brought in to carry out an acoustic review of the proposed partitioning systems.

The first step was to undertake a noise survey at the site, establishing the noise levels impacting on the facades of the new school.

We then did a review of the roof construction and advised on any measures necessary to control impact noise generated during heavy rainstorms, an ever-present threat thanks to the good old British weather.

We also provided specifications for internal surface finishes to improve the necessary control of reverberations and so aid speech intelligibility. This is a critical function for the teaching of children with learning difficulties, ensuring an optimum acoustic environment to aid both teaching and learning.

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Investing in Bolton’s Future

We are excited to announce that Miller Goodall is now a proud patron of the Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

Miller Goodall has shown its dedication to the local community by making an investment in this inspiring charity.

Established in 1889, Bolton Lads & Girls Club aims to help the young people of Bolton become the happy, caring and responsible citizens of tomorrow. The club provides somewhere to go that’s fit for purpose, something to do that is developmental and challenging, and above all someone to talk to who is genuinely interested. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the charity, it is now the biggest youth centre in the UK and welcomes with open arms young people aged 8-21 years old, or up to 25 years old for youngsters with disabilities.

“We are very excited to be teaming up with this specialist charity and look forward to supporting and helping out in any way we can. With 7 children amongst our team members’ families, it means so much to be able to support other children within the Bolton community.”
Lesley Goodall and Jo Miller of Miller Goodall

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Welcome to the World of Noise and Acoustics


Miller Goodall Environmental Services Ltd

Miller Goodall Environmental Services Ltd

Here at Miller Goodall we are passionate about acoustics and how every aspect of noise can affect our everyday lives. We are a very dedicated and hardworking team of acoustic specialists who provide practical, sound and comprehensive advice and solutions in respect of design, testing and assessment of noise in a wide range of environments. Each member of the Miller Goodall team is either a qualified acoustician or an environmental health officer with additional qualifications in acoustics or environmental protection.

So what exactly does “acoustics” mean? Acoustics is the science of noise control within buildings and the environment. The extent of noise control required will depend on the function of the building, the building’s location relative to the external environment, and the intended use of the spaces contained therein. In relation to external noise, the aim is to protect the creeping increase in noise to protect our acoustic environment.

The required acoustic performance of a building is driven by the need to meet specific performance criteria. These criteria are often set by the client but they may also be a result of legislative requirements or specified by Local Planning Authorities, for example Building Control requirements.

At Miller Goodall, we carry out acoustic testing on architectural, residential, educational, office and healthcare buildings. Three members of our team are registered testers under the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) Registration scheme, ensuring that all testing will be carried out to the latest standards using fully calibrated equipment.

Miller Goodall was established in 2004 by Joanne Miller and Lesley Goodall, both of whom have great experience and knowledge in the field of environmental protection.

To find out more about what we do, please take a look at our website