Air quality management

Guidelines for local authorities to use when considering the impact of new developments on air quality, and about the air quality management areas in Suffolk.

When assessing planning applications in relation to their potential impact on the local air quality, Suffolk Local Authorities refer to the most recent guidance from Environmental Protection UK (EPUK) and the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) to aid their assessments. This national guidance from EPUK and IAQM is used in preference to the 2011 Suffolk Supplementary Planning Guidance.

Download Land-Use Planning & Development Control: Planning For Air Quality (PDF, 729KB). Latest version is from January 2017, published by EPUK and IAQM. 

You can also view the list of guidance documents from IAQM.

All local authorities in Suffolk have a duty to monitor and assess air quality in the county and produce annual reports. They must consider what impact a new development will have on the air quality of an area. 

Air quality in Suffolk is generally good but there is nine Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) where pollution caused by road traffic breaches the National Objective Limits. For details of these areas contact the borough or district councils.