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March  2017 Headlines

Appeal uncontested – no expert

Harrogate Council’s inability to field an air quality expert has left it unable to defend a planning appeal.

Toxic diesel and petrol charge for London

The T-charge (toxic charge) will come into force on 23rd October, the London mayor has confirmed.

Directive infringement

The UK is a step closer to being infracted by the European Union for poor air quality.

London doubling

Analysis by Kings College London suggests London was up to twice as polluted this January compared

No to flats due to Scunthorpe PM

A block of 16 flats in Scunthorpe has been refused planning permission due to PM10 concerns.

More electric buses

Two more London bus routes will run exclusively electric buses,

All go for Heathrow

Heathrow dominated the news last month as planning gets underway.

Edinburgh flats refused due to dock PM

Edinburgh City Council has refused permission for a block of flats in Leith Docks due to particle concerns.

Clean Air Day?

Pressure group Global Action Plan is seeking a campaigner for a Clean Air Day – on the 15th June.

Fire fears

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has refused an environmental permit application for a waste storage and treatment facility in south west Wales.

Free Fleming

Peter Fleming has now left Air Monitors and is now operating as an independent consultant specialising in air quality monitoring. Although Fleming started out in sales,

Habitats policy survives test

Wealden Council’s tight planning controls on development near the nitrogen-sensitive Wealden Forest have withstood an appeal by the developer and the Government.

Ammonia up

UK ammonia emissions were up in 2015, the latest year for which figures are available.

Housing push

Denser housing on brownfield land and in city centres is a key feature of a new housing policy contained in a white paper.

Monitoring reveals commuters personal exposure

Surrey University researchers say car drivers are not unduly exposed to air pollution.

Air quality grant leaps to £3.7m

Air quality grant has been awarded – and there is even more than promised.

Doctors ramp up pressure

Doctors are ramping up pressure on the Government to bear down on diesels.

Bill sets out new plug-in demands

Government has listed what powers it intends to seek in a proposed Modern Transport Bill in a bid to enable electric vehicles (EVs).

Action please say UK cities

London and provincial cities have joined together to urge the Prime Minister to act on air quality

NECD guide

The European Environment Bureau pressure group has released an updated guide to the National Emission Ceilings Directive which was adopted in December 2016.

Spotting devices

The EU has published guidance aimed at helping member states spot defeat devices used by car manufacturers to sidestep emission regulations.

Charging approved

Huge subsidies for electric vehicle charging points in Germany have been approved. There were fears such subsidies could breach EU state aid rules.

Gas vehicles tested by DfT

DfT has attempted to allay fears that gas powered trucks only provide limited air quality benefits.

Post Brexit environment fears

This month the Government claims it will trigger Article 50 which will see us out of the EU within two years. The Lords report on implications for environmental regulation.

Heathrow planning commences

The first step for gaining planning consent for an expanded Heathrow has commenced with the launch of an aviation NPS. Jack Pease reports

Health impact analysis summarises NPS effects

A heath impact analysis has been carried out – it suggests impacts are not quite as insignificant as the main report might suggest: “It is likely that a large number of those most affected by the expansion schemes are unlikely to benefit from the opportunities provided. This issue of equity will need to be considered further in the development of mitigation for each shortlisted scheme to reduce the overall impact on health and wellbeing.”

Heathrow ‘warm up’ appeal

Heathrow? No – not the third runway. An appeal on the Cranford ‘noise’ agreement reveals air quality concerns can easily be put to one side

A glimpse at the streamlined PCM

The expansion of Heathrow Airport has opened up the previously-secret workings of the PCM model. Jack Pease tries to unpick what is tucked away in a WSP document used to support Heathrow.