Projects M25 RapidWidening from Junctions 5-6 Chris BlandfordAssociates/HighwaysAgency 2004-2007 Air Quality and Noise Assessment Temple provided an assessment of the air quality and noise effects of the proposed scheme (from 3 to 4 lanes) for inclusion in an ES. Baseline air pollutant concentrations and noise levels were modelled at sensitive receptors close to the proposed widening to determine future air pollutant concentrations and noise levels post scheme. Comparisons were made to the National Air Quality Objectives to determine whether these could be achieved. Temple’s ability to respond promptly and provide a robust and critical overview of assumptions (including traffic survey datasets) led to an extended brief for the whole widening HA notably a review and auditing role across the scheme. GuestwickWind Farm Broadland District Council 2005 Review of planning application and expert witness Temple provided a detailed review and assessment of the EIA carried out by the applicants to determine whether the assessment, including scoping, prediction of impacts, consideration of alternatives and its data was fit for purpose.Temple found the assessment did not meet best practice and advised the LPA to refuse planning permission. Temple’s expertise and track record enabled the Planning Authority to make a robust and defensible decision on the proposed development. Temple subsequently presented expert advice at the Public Inquiry where the refusal of planning permission on environmental grounds was upheld. Noise Mapping of Bristol & Bournemouth Defra 2005-2006 Detailed noise mapping and reporting. The key aim was to gather information on the ambient noise climate in England and determine noise exposure data to identify relatively quiet areas and noise ‘hotspots’. Temple with software developers Accon delivered road noise maps as part of the Defra Noise Mapping project. Work included a detailed field-survey of noise barriers across two areas; GIS processing and analysis of detailed terrain, buildings and traffic survey datasets; and the development of detailed noise models. The prompt delivery of a preliminary noise model allowed anomalies to be highlighted early and reruns were carried out with no impact on the overall programme.This was one of the first noise mapping outputs to be completed in the Defra programme.