North Devon Council monitors and models air pollutant levels to assess current and future air quality.

National Air Quality Strategy

The National Air Quality Strategy aims to protect people's health and the environment. It describes government plans to improve and protect ambient air quality and the measures that will help to deliver cleaner air quickly. Find out more about the National Air Quality Strategy on the Defra website.

Our role in the strategy is to make a judgement on whether the air quality objectives are likely to be met. Where objectives are not likely to be met, we are required to designate an air quality management area (AQMA) at the relevant locations.

Air quality management areas (AQMA)

We have one AQMA in North Devon:

Local air quality monitoring

Our air quality monitoring sites are:

  1. Pilton Causeway, Barnstaple
  2. Rolle Street 1, Barnstaple
  3. Rolle Street 2, Barnstaple
  4. Lower Sticklepath Roundabout, Barnstaple
  5. Sticklepath School, Barnstaple
  6. Cedars Roundabout, Barnstaple
  7. Newport Road, Barnstaple
  8. South Street, Newport, Barnstaple
  9. Castle Street, Barnstaple
  10. Alexandra Road, Barnstaple
  11. Belle Meadow Road, Barnstaple
  12. The Square, Braunton
  13. The London Inn, Braunton
  14. Church Street, Ilfracombe
  15. High Street, Ilfracombe
  16. Broad Street, South Molton

Screening assessments, progress reports and assessments submitted and accepted by DEFRA


North Devon Council does not have responsibility for monitoring and identifying radon gas. More information can be found on Public Health England's website. 

Pollution prevention and control (PPC)

North Devon Council must, by law, regulate certain types of factory and other activities such as dry cleaners. This is to reduce any pollution they may cause and, in particular, to help improve air quality.

Businesses which operate these premises must have a permit.

The council decides whether or not to give a permit to an operator. The permit states the ways in which pollution is to be minimised.

Details of all Permitted Processes are placed on a public register.