Covers Farm: impact on Air Quality, Noise and Vibration

Air pollution along the A25 east of Beggars Lane

The additional 100 daily HGV movements permitted along the A25 east and along Beggars Lane will exacerbate the air pollution along two existing Air Quality Monitoring Areas (AQMAs) 1) the M25 and 2) the A25.

  1. You will see from the map below that the M25 AQMA already overlays the northern part of Beggars Lane. In the lower half, left of centre you can see that the Churchill Primary School is very close to this AQMA. The proposed haul road will run between the M25 and the school, allowing the children even greater exposure to harmful NO2 for the six-year duration of the project.

2. The A25 east is also a DEFRA AQMA for NO2 (see map above). There are many residential properties close to the road, and the additional lorries will worsen air pollution along this stretch of road. A particular hotspot is the chicane next to the Chart Lane/A25 junction. Here annual average NO2 concentrations persistently exceed the Air Quality Strategy objective, as seen in this table:


Monitoring point
2015201620172018 
DT 85-Chart Lane Brasted48.351.143.943.7
Air Quality Strategy Objective                  40
Sevenoaks District Council 2019 Air Quality Annual Status Report (ASR)  Nitrogen Dioxide monitoring results for Brasted Chart Lane/A25 junction   Annual average NO2 concentrations in μgm per m3

Noise and vibration along the A25 east and Beggars Lane

The tipper trucks to-ing and fro-ing along Beggars and the A25 east will generate more noise and vibration along routes where residential properties lie close to the highway. This will result in more disturbance, and in some instance more damage to property, for the householders here.

Noise and vibration impacting on Churchill Primary School

The proximity of the haul road to the primary school will mean that the pupils will endure the noise and vibration emanating from the HGVs for the 6-year duration of the project.

To read Sevenoaks District Council’s objection to the application, please click below.

Noise and vibration along the A25 east and Beggars Lane

Noise and vibration along Beggars Lane and along the A25 through Brasted and Sundridge

Up to 100 tipper trucks to-ing and fro-ing each day along Beggars Lane and the A25 east will generate more noise and vibration along routes where residential properties lie close to the highway. This will result in more disturbance, and in some instance more damage to property, for the householders here.

In this way the application has implications for the Heritage Assets located in Brasted and in Sundridge. The current Sevenoaks Local Plan Core Strategy states that proposals should have regard to “the conservation and enhancement of the Districts cultural heritage” (Policy SC1 (Sustainable Communities) Sevenoaks District Council Allocations and Development
Management Plan Feb. 2015) The Covers Farm application KCC/SE/0495/2018 does not do this.