Pollution Control - Planning and Licensing

The Environmental Health & Safer Places Team is consulted on planning applications where there is a potential for pollution to be caused, and licensing of premises where required

Planning

This pro-active approach often allows problems to be identified and resolved prior to a development occurring. It is often much cheaper to 'design out' a problem in the first place then try to 'fix' it afterwards.

Comments and recommendations on planning applications are submitted to the Planning Services who may include them as conditions of the planning permission. The recommendations may cover:

  • Internal layout of the development
  • Sound insulation, including 'acoustic' glazing and complimentary ventilation schemes
  • Noise assessments
  • Permitted noise levels
  • Contaminated land requirements
  • Air Quality

Licensing

The Licensing Act 2003, which came into force in November 2005, relates to 'Licensed Premises' and is underpinned by four objectives.  The objectives are:

  • The Prevention of Crime and Disorder
  • Public Safety
  • The Prevention of Public Nuisance
  • The Protection of Children from Harm

The Nottingham City Council is a 'Responsible Authority' under the Licensing Act 2003 and is consulted on all Business and street trading licences for premises that wish to operate within the Nottingham City Council district.  As a Responsible Authority, the team considers the application with regard to the objectives of the Act, in particular the 'prevention of public nuisance' objective and the likely impact of noise from activities at the premises on residents, businesses and the general public in the vicinity.  These duties are carried out by the Environmental Health & Safer Places Team.

The Licensing Authority is responsible for issuing all Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates.  However, where appropriate, the Environmental Health & Safer Places Team recommends conditions be imposed on a licence/certificate to ensure that the prevention of public nuisance objective can be realised.  

Breach of a condition is an offence and may result in legal action being taken by the Licensing Authority or the Director of Public Prosecutions against the holder of the Premises Licence/Club Premises Certificate.  Non-compliance with the objectives of the Act may result in an application for a 'review' of the licence/certificate.  Such an application must be made to the Licensing Authority and can be made by a Responsible Authority or any other 'interested party'.  Interested parties include residents, businesses and others which may be affected by activities at the premises.  

An application for review will be heard by the City Council's Licensing Panel who may decide that the Licensing Authority carry out one or more of the following:

  • Modify or add conditions to the licence/certificate
  • Exclude a licensable activity from the licence/certificate
  • Remove the Designator Premises Supervisor (a person named on the licence who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the premises)
  • Suspend the licence/certificate for a period (not exceeding 3 months)
  • Revoke the licence/certificate        

 LAPPC Permits

Nottingham City Council issues permits for certain commercial operations under the Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) regulations. For more information see the Defra LAPPC website.

Download the list below for current PPC permits (2013) regulated by Nottingham City Council.

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