Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 started the legal structure for local air quality management. Under the Act, the Council has a statutory duty to review and assess air quality in the District against national air quality objectives and co-ordinate actions to improve air quality where an issue has been identified.
Local authorities have a duty to declare any area where an air quality objective is unlikely to be, or is not being met as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). Once an AQMA has been declared the Council is required to develop an Air Quality Action Plan outlining the measures required to improve air quality in that area.
In South Northamptonshire, Towcester town centre has been declared an AQMA and as a result an action plan has been drawn up.
Air Quality and Emissions Mitigation Guidance for Developers has been produced in conjunction with the East Midlands Air Quality Network. This is to become a Supplementary Planning Document following public consultation.
Further information on air quality within South Northamptonshire can be found on the following pages.