Planning practice guidance updated - Air quality

The "Air quality" section of the Planning Practice Guidance has been completely revised with it now advising that councils seek opportunities to actively improve air quality through plan-making and development management decisions.

The revised guidance advises councils that consideration of air quality during plan-making can help secure net improvements in overall air quality where possible. Councils are advised that they should take account of trends in air quality and to identify opportunities to improve air quality or mitigate impacts using measures such as travel management and green infrastructure provision. In development management, the guidance says authorities should consider what would happen to air quality in the absence of the development. The revised PPG includes several new references to public health and biodiversity and states that these issues should also be considered in plan-making and planning decisions.

The revised guidance states that assessments of changes in air quality during the construction and operational phases of proposed development should include the consequences of this for public health and biodiversity.It adds that air quality assessments supporting planning applications need not duplicate aspects of assessments conducted under non-planning regimes such as the Environmental Permitting Regulations. The provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructure has been added to the list of specific issues that authorities may consider when assessing air quality impacts. Authorities are also newly advised that any air quality mitigation measures must be location-specific.

Author: MHCLG

Date: November 2019 Date of publication

This item updates DCP section 4.138 and 4.162

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