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Odour Assessment Survey for Planning


At Silsoe Odours, we have seen a significant increase in the requirement for odour assessment surveys for planning purposes. For a planning application to be successful, operators and developers are often now required to provide an odour assessment survey in support of your application. This should take into account the potential impact of a new commercial property (or change to an existing property) on local air quality.


An odour assessment survey is a qualitative assessment of the immediate surroundings of a proposed development or operation. Its objective is to assess the possible odour impact that may be caused. The odour assessment is carried out by Silsoe Odours’ team of highly skilled odour experts, in line with the air quality section of the National Planning Practice Guidance and IAQM Guidance on the assessment of odour for planning


An odour assessment survey can be useful for an operator looking to build a single new commercial property, or expand or change the use of an existing one. The odour assessment provides a qualitative analysis of the potential odour impact on the local vicinity. Typically, we find restaurant operators to be particularly interested in this service.

Individual or Very Small Housing Developments

For those building a new home, or housing developers planning a small site, an odour assessment survey can be an essential part of your planning application. The odour assessment provides a qualitative analysis of the potential odour impact of nearby businesses on the proposed development.

Client testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

I was introduced to Silsoe Odours by another consultant, as I required specialist odour consultancy advice to support a planning application. The application building was to be converted into residential use, but was in close proximity to a number of restaurants with associated extraction equipment. I needed to demonstrate that this would not be detrimental to the potential occupiers of the apartments. Silsoe Odours prepared a detailed report and ensured it was delivered in line with the deadline of the submission of the planning application. I would recommend their specialist services to anyone encountering odour queries in the planning process.

We needed an odour specialist to assist with a sensitive planning application and I approached Silsoe Odours on the recommendation of my architect. I was particularly impressed with the speed which which they attended site and delivered their report back to me. I now look forward to the outcome of the Planning Hearing.

James Pearson

Authentic Management

For support with your planning needs, call our odour team on 01525 860222.