Air Quality Neutral and Air Quality Positive Guidance

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Improving London’s air quality is one of the major challenges facing the capital. To help improve London's air quality, the Air Quality Neutral and Air Quality Positive guidance documents have been prepared to support the implementation of London Plan Policy SI1.

Air Quality Neutral requires all developments to meet the Air Quality Neutral benchmarks. As part of this requirement, emissions from both buildings and transport need to be calculated and compared to the benchmarks set out in the guidance.

Air Quality Positive outlines the London Plan's Air Quality Positive approach. This approach aims to maximise the benefits to local air quality in and around large-scale development in London. It requires planners, designers, architects and air quality experts to show what measures have been taken during the design stages to achieve the best possible outcomes for air quality.

What has happened so far

The guidance has been prepared by the Greater London Authority (GLA) with input and advice from air quality specialists. It has been developed following feedback from stakeholders at various events including the LEDNet Air Quality and Transport Workshop. The Air Quality Positive pre-consultation draft guidance was published for information in March 2021.


How you can take part

We would now like to get your feedback on the Air Quality Neutral and Air Quality Positive guidance documents. Please tell us your views by completing our short survey below. The consultation will close on 27 February 2022. We will be running consultation events on the guidance aimed at planners, developers, air quality professionals and the general public.

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email AQConsultation@london.gov.uk.


Equality impact assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance documents have been assessed through two equality impact assessments, which can be viewed in the document library. Please share your views on our assessments and any potential equality impacts by completing the survey below.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance. The final guidance will be published in 2022.

Register to be notified of planning policy consultations(External link) or sign up for GLA Planning News(External link).

Improving London’s air quality is one of the major challenges facing the capital. To help improve London's air quality, the Air Quality Neutral and Air Quality Positive guidance documents have been prepared to support the implementation of London Plan Policy SI1.

Air Quality Neutral requires all developments to meet the Air Quality Neutral benchmarks. As part of this requirement, emissions from both buildings and transport need to be calculated and compared to the benchmarks set out in the guidance.

Air Quality Positive outlines the London Plan's Air Quality Positive approach. This approach aims to maximise the benefits to local air quality in and around large-scale development in London. It requires planners, designers, architects and air quality experts to show what measures have been taken during the design stages to achieve the best possible outcomes for air quality.

What has happened so far

The guidance has been prepared by the Greater London Authority (GLA) with input and advice from air quality specialists. It has been developed following feedback from stakeholders at various events including the LEDNet Air Quality and Transport Workshop. The Air Quality Positive pre-consultation draft guidance was published for information in March 2021.


How you can take part

We would now like to get your feedback on the Air Quality Neutral and Air Quality Positive guidance documents. Please tell us your views by completing our short survey below. The consultation will close on 27 February 2022. We will be running consultation events on the guidance aimed at planners, developers, air quality professionals and the general public.

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email AQConsultation@london.gov.uk.


Equality impact assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance documents have been assessed through two equality impact assessments, which can be viewed in the document library. Please share your views on our assessments and any potential equality impacts by completing the survey below.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance. The final guidance will be published in 2022.

Register to be notified of planning policy consultations(External link) or sign up for GLA Planning News(External link).

Page last updated: 12 November 2021, 14:31