DEFRA given eight months to devise new air quality plan

The High Court has ordered the government to finalise new policies to clean up nation’s air before August

The High Court ruled DEFRA's plans to improve air quality were too leisurely. Photograph: John Allan CC BY-SA 2.0The High Court has ordered the government to replace its illegal air quality plan with a more ambitious scheme within eight months.

On 21 November, Mr Justice Garnham ruled that a revised plan must be published in draft by 24 April and finalised by 31 July. DEFRA had sought to have until September 2017 to do so, a timeframe the judge considered “far too leisurely.”

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