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Durham City air quality action plan consultation


We carried out a consultation to seek views on the air quality action plan to improve air quality across Durham City, between 21 September and 14 December 2015.

This consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded.

Why we need an air quality action plan for Durham City

We are legally required to assess air quality in County Durham. If we find that air quality standards have been exceeded, we must declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and consult local residents and partners to agree an action plan to improve air quality in that area.

In Durham City, levels of air quality pollutant have exceeded the national air quality standard.  The source of this pollution (nitrogen dioxide) is from vehicle exhaust emissions. An air quality management area was originally declared in May 2011 and extended in July 2014 to cover additional areas of the city.  The extent of the air quality management area is shown in the document/map below. Air pollution occurs in many towns and cities with more than 600 AQMAs declared across the UK.

Air quality action plan

The air quality action plan identifies ways of reducing pollution levels and improving the standards of air quality. This includes actions to reduce congestion, improve the flow of vehicles through the city, improve exhaust emissions, and to encourage the use of less polluting forms of travel as an alternative to the private car. We have worked with key partners to produce a draft air quality action plan for Durham City.

Consultation outcome

Following consideration of the consultation results, the Icon for pdf Air Quality Action Plan for Durham City (PDF, 14.3mb)  was approved on 15 June 2016.

Further information

For more information on the air quality management area in Durham City including monitoring information and reports, please see our web page Air quality in Durham City

Contact us
Pollution Control
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Environment, Health and Consumer Protect
  • Annand House
  • John Street North
  • Meadowfield
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH7 8RS
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