Air quality

We have a duty to regularly monitor air pollutant levels to assess current and future air quality.

The pollutants of concern are:

  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Fine particles
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Benzene
  • 1,3 Butadiene
  • Lead
  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons
  • Ozone

The United Kingdom Air Quality Strategy 2007 requires councils to improve areas of poor air quality, reduce any remaining significant risks to health and to achieve the wider objectives of sustainable development about air quality in the UK.

Local Air Quality Reports

The following reports have been prepared as part of Forest of Dean District Council's statutory requirement under part IV of the Environment Act 1995.

For more general information about the national air quality strategy please: visit the Defra website

For more information contact the Environmental Protection and Licensing Team:

Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs)

Areas within Forest of Dean not meeting National Air Quality Standards have been declared Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). We have produced Air Quality Action plans for these areas to find out the source of the problem and reduce concentrations of air pollutants to below National Air Quality Standards.

Areas in Forest of Dean not meeting the objective for Nitrogen Dioxide include:

Guidance for planners and developers

This Air Quality Technical Guidance document for the Forest of Dean District Council has been produced to provide a screening tool to assist planners and developers in deciding when air quality should be assessed as part of the development control process and also provides guidance for air quality consultants undertaking air quality and emission mitigation assessments, in order to protect local air quality from any impacts arising from the development. For more details please: