The Council’s AQMAs have been declared on the basis that the annual average level of nitrogen dioxide exceed the objective. This pollutant is associated with the combustion of fossil fuels including vehicle engines. For the AQMAs declared in Calderdale there is often a combination of high traffic volumes and buildings located close to the roadside which can hinder the dispersion of exhaust fumes.
Calderdale Council has published an action plan setting out the steps it would try to take to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide.
The plan is due to be revised shortly. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) includes the principle that all new development, including the impact of associated traffic, should be sustainable, and not significantly affect, or be affected by, air pollution. The NPPF makes more specific requirements for developments within AQMAs and to meet certain European air quality targets.
Calderdale Council and the other West Yorkshire Local Authorities are working together to develop some common guidance for developers to meet these current and emerging concerns.
The seven Air Quality Management Areas declared by the Council
|Hipperholme||Air Quality Management Area - Hipperholme [PDF 579KB]|
|Salterhebble and Huddersfield Road|