Air Quality Management Areas in Adur and Worthing

Areas within Adur and Worthing that do not meet national air quality standards because levels of air pollution are too high are designated Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). 

We produce Air Quality Action Plans (AQAPs) for these areas, identifying what measures will be introduced to help improve air quality.

As the main cause of air pollutants in Adur and Worthing is road traffic, some actions involve Highways England, who are responsible for the A27, and West Sussex County Council, who are responsible for all other roads in Adur and Worthing.

Other actions will focus on reducing emissions from various other sources across Adur and Worthing which also contribute to higher levels of pollution.

Adur AQMAs:

Two AQMAs were declared in Adur in 2005 - the High Street (A259) in Shoreham-by-Sea, and Old Shoreham Road in Southwick, near Kingston Lane. 

The maps below shows the current designated AQMAs:

High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea AQMA:

AQMA - High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Old Shoreham Road, Southwick AQMA:

AQMA - Old Shoreham Road, Southwick

See our AQAP for Adur to find out what we are doing to help improve local air quality:

See also: Local air quality reports

Worthing AQMA:

The Worthing Grove Lodge (A27 Upper Brighton Road) AQMA was declared in 2010 as levels of nitrogen dioxide exceeded national limits. Following further assessment the AQMA was extended to include the area around Lyons Farm and Offington Corner (A27/A24 junction) in 2014. 

The map below shows the current designated AQMA:

AQMA - A27 Upper Brighton Road, Worthing

See our AQAP for Worthing to find out what we are doing to help improve local air quality:

See also: Local air quality reports

Air quality advice for developers

When planning any development, the impact on air quality needs to be considered. Local authorities across Sussex have developed planning guidance to help developers assess and mitigate any potential impact that new developments may have on local air quality.

The guidance deals with the pollutants regulated by local authorities and includes advice on the steps required to assess and mitigate the impact that new developments may have on local air quality. 

We recommend developers follow this guidance and contact us as early as possible during the planning application process to discuss any site-specific considerations. This will help avoid any unnecessary delays.

For more information regarding air quality considerations and planning please see:

Contact us

We always welcome the views of members of the local community on how to reduce levels of pollution. If you'd like to get in touch with the Public Health & Regulation team please use the online form below, stating 'Air pollution' as the nature of your enquiry:

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Page last updated: 27 May 2021