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Local Air Quality Management

The national Air Quality Strategy and Air Quality Regulations allocates each local authority to take responsibility for the air quality within its boundaries, and to work towards meeting the overall objectives required by the NAQS. This move is often described as Local Air Quality Management (LAQM).

Local authorities are required to periodically review and assess the current and future quality of air in their areas against those in the strategy and report annually to DEFRA by way of Progress Reports, Updating & Screening Assessments or Detailed Assessments.  Such reports help retain and provide information on air quality and identify any risks or likely risks of exceedance of the applied air quality objectives.

Timescales for Review and Assessment 


Updating and Screening Assessment

Progress Report




30 April 2012




30 April 2013



30 April 2014




30 April 2015




30 April 2016



30 April 2017

Detailed Assessments
are undertaken whenever necessary during the year and are due 12 months from the date of initiation


Each stage of review and assessment has required either:

Annual Progress Reports:      Report progress on implementing local air quality management; and in achieving, or in many cases maintaining, concentrations below the air quality objectives.  The minimum requirements of the report are to summarise new monitoring results and new local developments or permitted processes that might affect local air quality.

Updating and Screening Assessments:       Identify new sources or further risks to air quality in the area and further assess the risk of exceedances of the air quality objectives, including those not monitored.  This is achieved by inputting a variety of data including transportation information, i.e. traffic, speed, and vehicle classification data and also local meteorological data into a computerised dispersion model, which is further validated using actual monitored air quality results. 

Detailed Assessments:    Further assessment of an area using dispersion modelling where either of the above stages has identified a risk of exceedance of an air quality objective.  Detailed assessments may require the use of a more robust air quality monitoring method, i.e. chemiluminescence monitoring.

Air Quality Management Area:  In areas where a Detailed Assessment has established that an air quality objective is not anticipated to be met, Local Authorities are required to declare Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) and implement action plans to improve air quality, i.e. the implementation of traffic schemes.

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