Air quality

Using our waterways to reduce air pollution.


The National Planning Policy Framework advises that "Planning policies should sustain compliance with and contribute towards EU limit values or national objectives for pollutants, taking into account the presence of Air Quality Management Areas and the cumulative impacts on air quality from individual sites in local areas. Planning decisions should ensure that any new development in Air Quality Management Areas is consistent with the local air quality action plan".

We highlight the opportunity that the use of our waterways can offer in improving air quality via the use of towpaths and riverside paths for sustainable travel. To address air quality, plans may need to seek improvements to such waterway infrastructure through the planning process to encourage use of these routes. 

Last date edited: 7 July 2017