Air Quality Management Area 5 - Pollution in Greenstreet (A2)

Lynsted Lane plans - 86 new homes



"Objection Guidelines" I have pulled together some thoughts about headings that you might find helpful.
I have also pulled together a "Handling tick list" based on KCC/SBC guidance to make sure your Objections don't get lost in the system!

MY POLLUTION REPORT - I have sent in a detailed record of pollution episodes just West of AQMA5 + mobile mapping of pollution between February 2019 and February 2020 [a pre-Covid picture when traffic levels were "normal"].
Don't be intimidated by the number of pages - 90%+ is a table of daily measurements and comments. Download PDF File.

Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council letter of Objection, 15th February 2021 - read here

You may be interested in Cllr Baldocks defence of Newington AQMA1 in 2016 based on -

That development was successfully quashed by the Court of Appeal. A legal precedent is set.
Here is his submission (under cover of CPRE letter paper).


  1. KCC Highways letter of 22nd January 2020 asking for more information before a decision can be made

Alert sent by email to Residents and Neighbours, 24th January 2020

  1. KCC Highways repeat their rejection after considering all information provided - 30th June 2020


Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council Objection Letter, 11th November 2019

Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council Objection Letter, 29th June 2020

Local Government Air Quality Responsibilities
House of Commons Library Briefing Paper for MPs
(Issued 25th February 2020)

Here we go again!
My "starter for ten points" has been submitted to the Planning Portal on 23rd October 2019
We have raised many issues of concern, most have direct connection with SBC legal responsibilities to "reduce" harm and reinforce the importance of "Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish" as a rural parish that benefits us all - north and south of the A2.

Keep your eyes open!

If this proposal is revisited by the Developers to make material changes,
we will have to stand ready to resubmit ALL our objections
because SBC would fire a new "Starting Gun."
[Contact methods retained (below) just in case]

· Online at: THIS LINK - opens the exact page or (General Entry page). You may find you have to re-register on the Portal as several of us have been removed due to new Data Protection requirements! Get in early to create your new profile! Otherwise you will wait forever for an email to update your password, etc!
· Email - if your objection has images or heavy formatting that you think is important. The Planning Portal strips out formatting rendering it as plain text. In that case, save your comments as a PDF and email it to this email address.
· Write to Mid Kent Planning Support, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ - Case Officer - Andrew Spiers

2nd January to September 2020 - A2/Greenstreet restricted for water mains replacement (click this link)

Air Pollution Index based on level of pollutants and maximum time to be outdoorsMEASUREMENT OF POLLUTION LEVELS AND THE TIME IT LASTS = "HARM"

Higher pollution leads to more harm, more quickly.

  • Pollution in AQMA5 is daily "Moderate" or above - the World Health Organisation declares this level harmful if experienced - all year.
  • "High" Pollution means harmful if it lasts for 24-hours.
  • "Very High" Pollution means harmful if it lasts for just one hour.

SBC only measures NOx at a time when we have got very high levels of VOCs, PM10 and PM2.5.
... Read more about Measurement of Harm (including Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council exploration).
... Browse the Pollution Diary.
... Check out what time of day we are most likely to experience peak pollution - graph.



ALL development approvals that join the A2 must logically add pollution to the AQMAs. We are already living with harmful levels of pollution from heavy and often congested traffic.
Read more about the A2 and Greenstreet ...

Planned Pollution impacts us allPLANNING FOR POLLUTION

This website does not argue against housing; it does argue for housing in places with sensibly thought out infrastructure and with the least harm to the health of residents, visitors and workers.

Councillors & Officials have argued that they can deliver 'housing without more pollution'. They can only say this because they only measure NOx from combustion - engines are burning cleaner. SBC ignores three other toxic pollutants identified as harmful by Central Government (see Pollution Diary). So, SBC simply rolls over to Developers who always say that pollution (NOx) impacts from each development are "insignificant". This is not true if all pollutants are discussed. Perhaps the new Council will get on the front foot in delivering on health issues for their Residents?
Read more about planning decisions and language used ...
[Planning page updated 3rd May 2019]


SBC have ignored Government policies that link increases in housing with increases in harmful pollution - especially in AQMAs. The National Planning Policy Framework (2019) tells all Local Authorities that they must take into account the "cumulative impact" of all housing approvals where traffic will increase in existing AQMAs. SBC's behaviour undermines Government policies on reducing pollution at a local and national level. The Court of Appeal has made abundantly clear the overriding importance of pollution, cumulative impacts and planning decisions in its judgement of 12th September 2019.
Read more about Official Documents ...

Toxic mix approved by Swale Borough Council Officials and CouncillorsTOXIC MIX APPROVED FOR CONSUMPTION BY YOUR COUNCIL

Nitrogen Dioxide (NOx); Particulate Matter (PM10); Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5); Non-methane Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); Sulphur Dioxide; and Ammonia.
Read more about toxic pollutants ...

This website grew from ad hoc entries into the website - hopefully this new site allows for better structure and clarity. Please let me know if you have suggestions for changes or additions.

Facebook AQMA5A2Innovation around Facebook. I am instinctively suspicious of Facebook but I have decided to try a Facebook Page in support of this website - My intention (so far) is to share ideas about vocabulary used in planning and pollution. Perhaps also pick on interesting ideas from the news or policy-makers. For those of you who don't 'do' Facebook, I have added a page to this site in which Facebook posts will appear from time to time. Go to my web-page for non-Facebook peeps.


HOW CAN I MAKE OBJECTIONS TO THIS AND OTHER PROPOSALS? There are several options - listed here

We want to Breathe Clean Air

Developer Pressure Outside the Borough Plan

  1. LYNSTED 19/505036/OUT - NEW - Lynsted with Kingsdown PC flier sent out 3rd November.
  2. NEW Parish Council Letter objecting to SBC Draft Local Plan - to build 1,400 new homes around Greenstreet (A2) and Teynham Village..
  3. LYNSTED 120: 16/506237/OUT - withdrawn
    KCC Highways and Transportation Response (dated 20th March; Posted 24th May).
  4. SITTINGBOURNE 11,250: South & East of Sittingbourne: 17/506492/ENVSCR - Possible "Garden Community" (really it is "urban Sprawl").
  5. NORTON ASH 67: 14/505933/FULL - old Garden Centre Site

Borough Plan Approved Additions to A2 Traffic and Pollution

  1. TEYNHAM 300+Commercial Properties: 16/507689/OUT - Frognall Lane. This development will have priority at the roundabout on the A2 over all traffic on the A2 travelling west. So we will have an entirely NEW source of congestion flowing back into AQMA5!
  2. TEYNHAM 130: 18/503697/FULL - Station Road
  3. BAPCHILD 600: 14/501588/OUT - Stones Farm, Bapchild
  4. SITTINGBOURNE 540: 15/510254/OUT - Swanstree Avenue
  5. OSPRINGE 250 + 50: 14/502729/OUT - Brickworks & 17/505079/OUT - Western Link/A2
  6. FAVERSHAM 310 + 63: 15/504264/OUT - Perry Court & SW/13/1567 - Opp. Greenways
  7. BRICKEARTH from BARROW GREEN FARM - 760,000 tonnes extraction 30,000 tons per annum for 25 years.

Facebook AQMA5A2 Facebook Page

Domestic woodburners are a major source of PM2.5 pollution. Is it time to dump them? Not really ... read on ... - also on Facebook Page (8th July 2019).

Go to my web-page that lets you read Facebook posts without having to go to Facebook!

Pollutant concentration at 1 metre