Air pollution can have significant effects on health and the environment. For this reason we have legal responsibilities for assessing and working towards improving air quality in Derby to meet stringent health based objectives set by the Government.
How do we monitor air quality?
Within Derby we have a number of monitoring sites.
These sites provide air quality samples using passive diffusion tubes that are collected and analysed at regular intervals to provide pollutant concentrations over a month.
They provide information about concentrations of air pollutants across the City.
Data from the monitoring sites is contained in our Derby Air Quality Annual Status Report 2018.
Derby air quality annual status report 2017.
Where are the air quality management areas?
There are currently two air quality management areas.
To view a map of the air quality management areas see the Derby Maps app and follow these steps:
- Open the 'Choose an Option' menu
- Click 'Choose Map Layers'
- In the 'Map Features' menu choose 'Environment and Planning' and then 'Air Quality Mangement Areas'.
What are we doing to improve air quality?
What is a clean air zone?
In order to tackle poor air quality the Government has announced that they will be requiring Derby to introduce a Clean Air Zone by 2020.
Find out more about the plans for air quality in Derby.
How do we respond to planning applications for new developments?
Government National Planning Policy Framework guidance advises that new and existing development should not create or be adversely affected by unacceptable levels of air pollution.
Air quality impacts of developments are particularly important if:
- the development is proposed inside or adjacent to the air quality management area (AQMA);
- the development could in itself result in the designation of an AQMA; and
- the granting of planning permission would conflict with the air quality action plan.
As a general rule, planning applications that may have a significant impact on air quality, or be significantly affected by existing air pollution levels, should be supported by an air quality assessment.
This must provide information necessary to allow a full consideration of the impact of the proposal on local air quality. Impacts may arise during both the construction and operational phases. Where necessary, suitable mitigation measures should be proposed to minimise impacts and allow the development to proceed.
The need for an air quality assessment will require an element of professional judgement and will take into account the characteristics and scale of the development, potential related changes in traffic flows and the air quality sensitivity of the location.
Is Derby a smoke control area?
Can I use an open fire or a wood-burning stove?
As part of plans to tackle and improve air quality across the country, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued open fire and wood-burning stove guidance to help reduce environmental and health impacts.
What can I burn?
Look for the ‘Ready to Burn’ fuel logo as a guarantee of good quality dry wood. Visit the Woodsure website to find out more.
Use approved smokeless fuels - these produce less carbon and smoke compared to house-coal when burned and provide more heat for less money.
What should I not burn?
You should not burn:
- wet or unseasoned wood, often sold in nets, is cheaper to buy, but it needs to be seasoned (dried) before burning. Wet wood contains moisture which creates smoke and harmful particulates when burned which can damage your stove and chimney.
- treated waste wood, for example old furniture or household rubbish. This can emit harmful fumes and household rubbish may include plastics that can release toxic pollutants, such as arsenic, into your home when burnt.
Is there anything else I need to do?
- Have your stove regularly maintained and serviced. It will work better and generate more heat from what you burn. Always operate your stove in line with the manufacturer’s guidance and only burn permitted fuels.
- Get your chimney swept regularly (up to twice a year)