Air quality near schools

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to the publication of a recent investigation by the Sunday Times - which confirmed that hundreds of London schools are sited in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution - will you agree to look again at strengthening the air quality provisions in the London Plan to actively discourage new schools, care homes or health clinics being located near existing air pollution hotspots, when less polluted sites are available?


Answer for Air quality near schools

Answer for Air quality near schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My London Plan policies and Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Guidance are designed to ensure schools, hospitals and care homes are located in appropriate locations, and that any mitigation measures required with regards to air quality are incorporated into a development proposal. Section 4.3 of the Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Guidance seeks to ensure the design of buildings minimises exposure to poor air quality. Paragraph 4.3.7 specifically notes the sensitivity of some uses including hospitals, schools, open spaces and playgrounds to air pollution. My air quality team are working with the London boroughs on various measures to reduce air quality across London, including preparing new guidance on Air Quality Management Plans. When the London Plan is reviewed health and air quality policies will reflect this work.