Revised guidance urges councils to improve air quality through better planning decisions

Local authorities should actively improve air quality through plan-making and development management decisions, according to updated planning practice guidance.

Revised planning guidance on air quality, published on Monday, advises authorities that consideration of air quality during plan-making can "help secure net improvements in overall air quality where possible". The previous version was published in 2014.

Authorities are newly advised 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".

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