Local planning decisions have significant potential to affect local air quality in many ways including:
Local Air Quality Management
The increasing importance of this field within Local Air Quality Management (UK) (LAQM) has been recognised with the recent publication of two guidance documents as follows:
Air Quality Steering Group
Dudley Council have recently set up an air quality steering group comprising planning, transport and air quality officers; the group have been tasked with developing effective policies that will integrate local air quality issues into land use and transport planning. They will meet on a regular basis to discuss how these policies can be amended and applied to resolve problematic situations and improve air quality or minimise receptor exposure.
A copy of Dudley Council's guidance for officers interpreting potential air quality impacts of new development can be downloaded from the link below.