An Air Quality Assessment or Air Quality Impact Assessment is an important condition of planning for the evaluation of a potential risk to the local environment of reduced air quality.
The combination of poor air quality in urban areas and the increase in demand for housing areas has led to an increase in the development of sites within poor air quality areas. The considerations for local planners reviewing the air quality in an urban area and housing requirements are multifaceted, requiring identification of air quality for the new residents of the development and recognising the impact of the construction phase on the existing local environment residents.
Air Quality Impact Assessment is often requested by an Environmental Health Officer or Local Planning Officer as part of the assessment procedure of planning submission where air quality is likely to be impacted. Air Quality is a prominent consideration when a development is located within Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).