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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:
- air quality action plan 2015-19
- consultation responses
- determination: strategic environmental assessment
Other relevant documents
- Hackney air quality action plan 2006 (superseded)
- air quality management area order 2006
- air quality annual status report 2017
- 2010 air quality update
- first stage review and assessment of air quality in Hackney
- third stage review and assessment of air quality in Hackney
- fourth stage review and assessment of air quality in Hackney
- local air quality management
- review and assessment of air quality in Hackney
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:
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:
- the Council’s climate change strategy
- the green procurement code and green travel plan
- the Council’s policies and approach to planning and development control
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.