DEV2 - Air, water, soil, noise, land and light

The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has now been adopted! To find out more please visit the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan: Adoption page.

Visit the interactive Plymouth Plan to see other policies that affect decision making across Plymouth City including the Council and its partners.

Development proposals which will cause unacceptable on- or off-site risk or harm to human health, the natural environment or living conditions, either individually or cumulatively, will not be permitted. Development should:

  1. Avoid harmful environmental impacts and health risks for both new and existing development arising from soil, air, water, land, or noise pollution or land instability.
  2. Where located in or impacting on an Air Quality Management Area, avoid or mitigate its impact through positively contributing towards the implementation of measures contained within air quality action plans and transport programmes, and through green infrastructure provision and enhancements, building design and layout which helps minimise air quality impacts.

  3. Prevent deterioration of and where appropriate protect, enhance and restore water quality.

  4. Limit the impact of light pollution on local amenity, intrinsically dark landscapes and nature conservation.

  5. Where appropriate, remediate and mitigate despoiled, degraded, derelict, contaminated and unstable land.
  6. Protect soils, safeguarding the long term potential of best and most versatile agricultural land and conserving soil resources.

  7. Maintain and where appropriate improve the noise environment in accordance with the Noise Policy Statement for England (including any subsequent updates).

  8. Not cause an adverse effect on the integrity of a European Site (see Policy SPT12).