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Air quality action plan

We’re responsible for declaring  an area an air quality management area when it isn’t meeting Defra’s air quality objectives. We publish action plans for the area and monitor its progress under part IV of the Environment Act 1995.

This four stage review process involves identifying the borough’s sources of air pollution and any pollutants that exceed the air quality objectives, assessing the borough’s current and likely future air quality, and detailing the work that’s been carried out.

Air quality action plan 2015-2019

This plan sets out actions to improve air quality in the borough:

Other relevant documents

For information on smoke control orders see smoke control areas and chimney height applications.

Air quality objectives and declaration of an air quality management area

The air quality objectives are air pollution levels that must be met by law. Within Hackney, air quality objectives – for nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter (PM10) – have been exceeded along some of the busiest roads in the borough. This has been shown through air quality monitoring and modelling work.

In response to air quality objectives being exceeded (as for nitrogen dioxide), or there being a strong likelihood of the air quality objectives being exceeded (as for PM10), the Council declared parts of Hackney an air quality management area within the 2001 air quality management area order.

Subsequently the whole of the borough was declared an air quality management area within the 2006 air quality management area order. This was in recognition of the fact that addressing exceeding air quality objectives would require action across the whole of the borough.

Other London boroughs and authorities in England have also declared air quality management areas. For further information see:

Moving forward

Much of the air pollution in Hackney results from road traffic, both within the borough and from the rest of London so our air quality strategy needs to reflect and help to progress the mayor’s air quality strategy.

The mayor’s transport strategy sets out a vision for sustainable transport in London and will be implemented at a local level through the Council’s local implementation plan (LIP). The LIP has recently been updated by the local implementation plan 2. Traditionally many of the objectives, set out within the Council’s air quality strategy have been taken from the LIP document.

Air quality in the borough is also affected by other strategies such as:

All of the key actions set out within these (and other) strategies need to be taken into consideration when creating the Council’s air quality action plan.

Page updated on: 18 November 2019

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