New Development Control Guidance

Environmental Protection UK, in partnership with the Institute of Air Quality Management, are pleased to release a final, ‘near publication’ draft of their consultation document Land-Use Planning and Development Control: Planning for Air Quality.

The guidance sets out why air quality is an important consideration in many aspects of local authority spatial planning. It emphasises how good spatial planning can reduce exposure to air pollution, as well as providing other benefits of well-being to the wider community. It also emphasises the importance of applying good design and best-practice measures to all developments, to both reduce pollutant emissions and human exposure. It also provides guidance on how air quality considerations for individual schemes. This document has been revised based on comments received as part of a consultation held earlier this year.

The draft can be downloaded here.

Land-Use Planning and Development Control: Planning for Air Quality (PDF)

A ‘soft launch’ event for the document is being held on April 15th, shortly after which the final version of this Guidance will be confirmed. The IAQM website has more information on this event.


An initial scoping meeting was held, jointly by Environmental Protection UK and the Institute of Air Quality Management on the 22 May 2012, to discuss options and key issues for the guidance.

Note on Key Issues (meeting minutes) (PDF)

Introductory Presentation 22 May 13 (PDF)

A small core group of contributors from across the air quality field (including local authorities, consultants and campaigning groups), and planners, was formed take forward this work.

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