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Good Practice Examples: AQAPs


The below examples of adopted Air Quality Action Plans show a range of approaches taken by local authorities in the development of Action Plans for their Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs), which may vary in size and be impacted on by a range of emission sources.

The appraisal team has accepted all of the proposed measures as appropriate and proportional to the extent of the problem. Their inclusion here as examples of Best Practice are made on the basis of the overall approach to the Air Quality Action Plan taken by the authority, or the endorsement of specific elements of the Plan, which may prove useful to other authorities embarking on the Air Quality Action Plan process. Comments are provided against individual Air Quality Action Plans to guide local authorities on where the appraisal team regard the Plan as good practice.

Please note that some of the example documents provided may not have been made fully accessible. Please contact the relevant local authority if you require an accessible copy.


Fife Council: A good example of a thorough approach in developing an Air Quality Action Plan which includes comprehensive links to transport policy and sustainable travel.

Fife Council AQAP

Released: September 2010 (PDF, 9.07 MB, 103 pages)


London Borough of Hillingdon: Good reporting of progress with use of indicators. Good procedures are being put in place to monitor the performance of the measures and their impact on air quality.

London Borough of Hillingdon AQAP

Released: June 2010 (PDF, 2.17 MB, 117 pages)


Manchester City Council: Thorough reporting against set indicators.

Manchester City Council AQAP

Released: July 2010 (PDF, 435 KB, 48 pages)


Rushcliffe Borough Council: Good level of detail, includes targets some of which are Council transport targets with good reporting against these. Strong linkage with transport policy and reporting.

Rushcliffe Borough Council AQAP

Released: April 2010 (DOC, 4.5 MB, 136 pages)


Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council: Good assessment of the NO2 trends to examine impact of measures.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Council AQAP

Released: April 2010 (PDF, 4.26 MB, 34 pages)


Southampton City Council: Good use of indicators, progress is Red/Amber/Green indicated with good NO2 trend analysis related to impact of the measures.

Southampton City Council AQAP

Released: June 2010 (PDF, 4.26 MB, 23 pages)


Exeter City Council: Good level of detail, strong linkage with transport policy and reporting.

Exeter City Council AQAP

Released: August 2010 (PDF, 302 KB, 38 pages)


Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council: Good level of detail, reports on impact of measure implementation.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council AQAP

Released: April 2010 (PDF, 829 KB, 68 pages)

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