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Air Quality & Planning

Air quality is a material consideration when a development is planned. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) February 2019 includes key paragraphs relating to air quality - Paragraphs 110, 170E, 180 and 181. Paragraphs 102-111 relating to sustainable transport are also relevant.

Sussex local authorities have developed Planning Guidance through the Sussex Air Quality Partnership. 'Air Quality and Emissions Mitigation Guidance for Sussex (2019)' has been designed to:

  • provide clarity to how authorities intend interpreting relevant Local Plan policies
  • provide advice for developers and their consultants on how to assess and mitigate the impact that new developments may have on local air quality
  • detail a consistent approach by developers and Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to:
    • address impacts on air quality
    • ensure optimum scheme design, and
    • avoid unnecessary delays in the planning process

The guidance deals with the pollutants regulated under the Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) regime and includes the assessment and control of dust during demolition and construction. There is also mention of biomass boilers.

Developers and their air quality consultants are strongly encouraged to enter into pre-application discussions with the Council's, including the air quality officer, as early as possible to avoid unnecessary delays and to discuss site-specific considerations.

This guidance is available to download from the Sussex Air website.

For more details you can also read the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the GOV.UK website.

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