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Air quality action planning: why do barriers to remediation in local air quality management remain?

Barnes, Joanna; Hayes, Enda T; Chatterton, Tim; Longhurst, James


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Enda Hayes
Prof in Air Quality & Carbon Management/School Director (Research & Enterprise)

Tim Chatterton


UK local air quality action planning has failed to remediate exceedances of air quality targets, particularly for nitrogen dioxide, which are widespread and persistent a decade after the first local action plans were drafted. This paper is relevant to a range of administrations charged with managing air quality. Using a literature review and local authority survey, it explores barriers to improving air quality, i.e. resource limitations, absence of local authority powers, and a lack of intra-governmental co-operation and inter-governmental co-ordination. It concludes that the causes of these inefficiencies are flawed subsidiarity and devolved responsibility decoupled from the powers necessary to implement required actions. Challenging opportunities to reconceptualise air quality action planning to protect public health are suggested. © 2013 University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


Barnes, J., Hayes, E. T., Chatterton, T., & Longhurst, J. (2014). Air quality action planning: why do barriers to remediation in local air quality management remain?. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 57(5), 660-681.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 11, 2012
Online Publication Date Apr 3, 2013
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2013
Journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Print ISSN 0964-0568
Electronic ISSN 1360-0559
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 5
Pages 660-681
Keywords air quality, environment
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