Improving Air Quality

Poor air quality is a complex and long term problem that is not easy to solve. However, action is being taken at:​

  • The European Union level, for example through stricter vehicle emission standards.​
  • The National level, for example through £1billion being invested in ultra low emission vehicles between 2010-20 and £590m being invested in cycling and walking between 2011-20.
  • The Local level, for example through a range of cycling and walking schemes, setting up new electric vehicle charge points, and business travel plans.

Information on national and local actions

Information on what you can do to improve air quality


Sussex local authorities have developed Planning Guidance through the Sussex Air Quality Partnership. ‘Air Quality and Emissions Mitigation Guidance for Sussex (2019)’ has been designed to:

  1. Provide clarity to how authorities intend interpreting relevant Local Plan policies;
  2. Provide advice for developers and their consultants on how to assess and mitigate the impact that new developments may have on local air quality
  3. Detail a consistent approach by developers and Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) to
    • Address impacts on air quality
    • Ensure optimum scheme design
    • Avoid unnecessary delays in the planning process

The guidance deals with the pollutants regulated under the Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) regime, including biomass boilers and the assessment and control of dust during demolition and construction.

Developers or their air quality consultants are strongly encouraged to enter into pre-application discussion with the Local Planning Authority, including the air quality officer, as early as possible to avoid unnecessary delays and to discuss site-specific considerations.

View the Sussex AQ Guidance 2021

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