The draft Air Quality Strategy is a countywide strategy that aims to ensure air quality in North Yorkshire is protected and, where necessary, improved.
By doing so it is hoped we can help reduce the health and environmental impacts of air pollution and ensure the county remains a special place for everyone to live, work and visit.
Air pollution is a mixture of particles and gases in the air which impacts on the health of people or has other harmful environmental effects.
In North Yorkshire, the district and borough councils are responsible for monitoring air quality in towns, villages and across the countryside.
We have a responsibility for public health and as the highway authority for the local road network have a statutory duty to work with district and borough councils where air quality issues arise.
This strategy presents an opportunity to support work to reduce outdoor air pollution and strengthen existing partnerships with the district councils who are also the Local Planning Authorities with responsibility for planning decisions for residential, commercial and industrial developments.
The document sets our overall strategic direction in the areas where we can influence a reduction in air pollution, including setting out our approach to ultra-low emission vehicles, whilst recognising that electric vehicles are complementary to the wider sustainable transport agenda.
The strategy recognises other sources of pollution, including agriculture, domestic fuel burning and industry.
To achieve the overall ambition of maintaining and achieving good air quality we have adopted four key objectives:
- Raise the profile of improving air quality in the context of North Yorkshire
- Work in partnership with borough and district councils and other organisations to protect and, where appropriate, improve air quality
- Ensure that improving or maintaining good air quality is a key consideration when planning and delivering County Council services
- Support the use of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) in North Yorkshire
The strategy focuses on using our influence to reduce local air pollution and emissions, it complements the wider climate change agenda and our aspiration to become carbon neutral as close as possible to 2030.
The Air Quality Strategy is an addition to the NYCC Local Transport Plan 2016-2045 which highlights Environment and Climate Change as a key objective, and also has links to the 2017 Plan to Deliver Economic Growth.
The strategy’s objectives are supported by an action plan. Many initiatives in the action plan already form part of the work we do every day, however, where possible we will look for external funding opportunities to deliver new measures that do not put extra pressure on existing finances.
The draft Air Quality Strategy, Protecting North Yorkshire’s Air Quality 2020-2045 (pdf / 3 MB) outlines our vision.