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Air Quality & Planning

Air quality is a material consideration when a development is planned. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 2012 includes key paragraphs relating to air quality:

Paragraph 120

“To prevent unacceptable risks from pollution and land instability, planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development is appropriate for its location. The effects (including cumulative effects) of pollution on health, the natural environment or general amenity, and the potential sensitivity of the area or proposed development to adverse effects from pollution, should be taken into account…”

Paragraph 124

“Planning policies should sustain compliance with and contribute towards EU Limit Values or national objectives for pollutants, taking into account the presence of Air Quality Management Areas and the cumulative impacts on air quality from individual sites in local areas. Planning decisions should ensure that any new development in Air Quality Management Areas is consistent with the local Air Quality Action Plan.”

Sussex local authorities have developed Guidance in response to the changes introduced by the NPPF and loss of national planning guidance (particularly PPS23). 'Air Quality and Emission Mitigation Guidance for Sussex (2013)' provides a consistent approach to the assessment of air quality impacts from planned developments.

The purpose of this guidance is to:

  • Provide a Sussex-wide approach for assessing potential air quality impacts from development and transport related emissions and provide a consistent approach to mitigating those impacts.
  • Provide technical advice to local planning authorities on how to deal with planning applications that could have an impact on air quality.

The guidance will be regularly reviewed and updated in light of any future national and local policy changes and feedback from users of the document.

The Local Planning Authority expects developments to have followed this guidance and will require an air quality assessment where it deems air quality impacts from the development may be detrimental to the environment or people's health.

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