Planning for better air quality

Air pollution has been a regular topic in the media for some time. In December 2020, 9 year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah made history as the first person in the world to have air pollution listed as a cause of death. This presentation provides an understanding of when air quality may be a material consideration and how with good design principles, emissions can be minimised and future occupants can be protected from unacceptable levels of harmful pollutants, enhancing prospects for planning and/or permit applications.

  • Key sources of air pollution and key pollutants
  • ‘Dash for Diesel’, VW ‘diesel-gate’ and real-world driving emissions tests
  • The UK’s plan to bring about compliance with health-based objectives and limit values including the introduction of Clean Air Zones
  • Cases where air quality was a major deciding factor, including Wealden
  • Emerging issues – the Environment Bill, the new London Plan (PM2.5 and domestic wood burning), COVID-19
  • Techniques used to assess air quality impacts – modelling and monitoring
  • How the results of air quality assessments are used to inform development design

2021 Leading Minds webinar series

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