M54 to M6 Link Road

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M54 to M6 Link Road

Received 08 April 2020
From Public Health England

Representation

Thank you for your consultation regarding the above development. Public Health England (PHE) welcomes the opportunity to comment on your proposals at this stage of the project and can confirm that: With respect to Registration of Interest documentation, we are reassured that earlier comments raised by us on 2nd July 2020 relating to air quality and hydrogeology have been sufficiently addressed. We have no further comments to make with respect to health and wellbeing. In addition, we acknowledge that whilst the Environmental Statement (ES) has identified some residual public health impacts with respect to noise, a detailed explanation is provided as to why further mitigation was not deemed feasible. We welcome the detailed discussions on how the Scheme design has aimed to minimise noise exposure, how it achieves the three aims in the Noise Policy Statement for England (Chapter 11 para. 11.9.62 - 11.9.83), and the focus on noise mitigation at source (para. 11.8.1). We note that the Applicant has chosen not to present a quantification of the health effects attributable to noise in the Population and Human Health chapter. We are satisfied that the wider determinants of health have been adequately assessed, using a suitable methodology. On the basis of the documentation as reviewed, notwithstanding our comments, we can confirm that we have chosen NOT to register an interest with the Planning Inspectorate on this occasion. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.