Air Quality Management

The Environment Act 1995 introduced a system of local air quality management.

All local authorities have to periodically review and assess the current and likely future air quality in their areas against national air quality objectives for seven air pollutants.

The pollutants of concern are:

  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Fine particles
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Benzene
  • 1,3 Butadiene
  • Lead
  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons
  • Ozone
  • Carbon dioxide

Where any objective is unlikely to be met, local authorities must designate those areas as Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) and make Air Quality Action Plans (AQAPs), liaising with the local transport authority, to work towards meeting the objectives.

For Stratford-on-Avon the main source of air pollution is emissions from road traffic. The air quality annual mean objective for nitrogen dioxide was identified as being exceeded in areas dominated by traffic in Stratford upon Avon and Studley. This led to the declaration of two AQMAs.

We have developed new Air Quality Planning Guidance which was endorsed by The Cabinet in January 2019 and will inform the emerging Development Requirements SPD. Developers are required to put in place measures to minimise emissions from the development and, where necessary, offset the impact on the environment.

Monitoring for nitrogen dioxide continues within the AQMAs and is reported annually to Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

To increase public awareness, the Government issues daily air quality bulletins via the national media. These bulletins include health advice for those who may be especially affected by high concentrations of air pollutants.

For further information on air quality management, please contact Environmental Health:

Last updated on 21/02/2019

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