Natural England: Cleaner vehicles will negate air pollution by development

Concerns that the protected Ashdown Forest would be damaged by air pollution from new development in and around it have been assuaged by new advice from Natural England.

It published supplementary guidance on the special area of conservation (SAC) in Sussex, protected under the Habitats Regulations, last week, although it is dated 10 February. The location is also a site of special scientific interest and special protection area for birds.

Rather than being forest, the area is largely open heathland within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its name referring to it being once subject to medieval forest law. The wet heath present there is considered to be vulnerable to nitrogen deposition, coming either from agricultural ammonia or nitrogen oxides from road vehicles and gas combustion.

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