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Local air quality management



This page sets out information on North Devon Council’s legal responsibilities for managing air quality throughout the district.

We will update this page annually following acceptance by Defra of the council's annual air quality reviews, assessments and progress reports. These reports are set out in table 1.


Background



Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 external website introduced the concept of local air quality management (LAQM). Local authorities, like North Devon Council, are required to review and assess local air quality against national standards and objectives. North Devon Council is required to take a far more proactive role in assessing and controlling air quality within their area.


The national air quality strategy



Central government published the most recent Air quality strategy external website in July 2007. The strategy:
  • sets out a way forward for work and planning on air quality issues
  • sets out the air quality standards and objectives to be achieved
  • introduces a new policy framework for tackling fine particles
  • identifies potential new national policy measures which modelling indicates could give further health benefits and move closer towards meeting the strategy’s objectives.

The 2000 Air Quality Strategy set air quality standards and objectives for eight key air pollutants to be achieved between 2003 and 2008. For seven of these pollutants local authorities are charged with the task of working towards the objectives in a cost-effective way.

The air quality standards set out in the strategy are based purely on medical evidence of the effects of the particular pollutants on health and represent the minimum or no significant effect levels. These are based on the advice of the Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (EPAQS) or upon EU limit values derived from World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline values.

Our role in the strategy is to make a judgement on whether the air quality objectives are likely to be met by the relevant deadline. Where objectives are not likely to be met we are required to designate an air quality management area (AQMA) at the relevant locations. N.B. - at this time there are no AQMA's in the NDC area.

The air quality objectives are set out in the Air Quality (England) Regulations 2000 external website and the Air Quality (England) Amendment Regulations 2002 external website , and are set out below.


Review and assessment of air quality



Where current and likely future local air quality is not likely to meet national standards, then we are required to designate an AQMA at the relevant locations. We must then draw up an action plan setting out the measures it intends to take in pursuit of the air quality objectives with the area covered by the AQMA.

The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) sets out further guidance external website.

The timetable for local air quality reviews and assessment in England is set out in regulations and is described in Table 1.

Table 1 – Recommended timescales for submissions of reviews and assessments and progress reports for local authorities



LAQM Activity Completion Date Which Authorities?
Updating and screening assessment (USA)End of May 2003All authorities
Detailed assessmentEnd of April 2004Those authorities which have identified the need for on in their May 2003 USA
Progress reportEnd of April 2004Those authorities which identified that there was no need for a detailed assessment in their May 2003 USA
Progress reportEnd of April 2005All authorities
USAEnd of April 2006All authorities
Detailed assessmentEnd of April 2007Those authorities which have identified the need for on in their April 2006 USA
Progress reportEnd of April 2007Those authorities which identified that there was no need for a detailed assessment in their April 2006 USA
Progress reportEnd of April 2008All authorities
USAEnd of April 2009All authorities
Detailed assessmentEnd of April 2010Those authorities which have identified the need for on in their April 2009 USA
Progress reportEnd of April 2010Those authorities which identified that there was no need for a detailed assessment in their April 2009 USA


Local air quality monitoring



Please note that the content of this page  will be updated annually, following acceptance by DEFRA of our annual air quality reviews, assessments and progress reports, as detailed in Table 1.

Air quality monitoring sites are listed below:

  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


Air quality management areas in North Devon



Updating and screening assessments, progress reports, detailed assessments and further assessments submitted and accepted by DEFRA



Further Information






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