Making the whole city an air quality management area allows a more consistent approach to planning and air quality across the whole of Coventry and gives us more power to tackle problem areas and help improve the air quality.
An air quality assessment is needed for all new build, conversion or change of use proposals within Coventry where planning permission would affect our air quality action plan; or where proposals will affect local air quality through an increase in pollution (such as changes in traffic, industrial processes etc). It is also needed when a development leads to new regular exposure of the public to poor air quality.
National air quality objectives do not apply to hospitals, schools or places of worship so no assessment will be needed at the planning stage. However, such proposals should be designed with air quality in mind and steps taken to reduce exposure to poor air quality.
We recommend you ask for advice from the Environmental Protection Team before making an application if you are not sure.