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Air quality

Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 started the legal structure for local air quality management. Under the Act, We have a statutory duty to review and assess air quality in the District against national air quality objectives and co-ordinate actions to improve air quality where an issue has been identified.

We have a duty to declare any area where an air quality objective is unlikely to be, or is not being met as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). Once an AQMA has been declared we are required to develop an Air Quality Action Plan outlining the measures required to improve air quality in that area.

The region has 8 declared AQMA’s for nitrogen dioxide – 7 in Northampton and 1 in Towcester. For more information click on the specific area below or contact [email protected].

Air Quality and Emissions Mitigation Guidance for Developers has been produced in conjunction with the East Midlands Air Quality Network. This has now become Supplementary Planning Guidance following public consultation. For more information please contact [email protected].

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Last updated 24 October 2023