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Examples of Air Quality Management Area Boundaries


When declaring an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) there is no specified size required, however, as a minimum the AQMA boundary should cover the area of technical exceedence where relevant exposure exists. Different local authorities have taken individual approaches to setting their AQMA boundaries. Some authorities have taken a ‘hot-spot’ approach while others have preferred the larger urban, whole borough or even regional approach. The following links provide examples of various AQMA boundaries.

Regional AQMAs

Greater Manchester

Whole Borough AQMAs


Urban Centre AQMAs

Refrewshire – Renfew Town Centre

Teignbridge – Newton Abbot

Multiple ‘hot-spot’ AQMAs


Road Network AQMAs


Industrial AQMAs

Neath Port Talbot

Falkirk – Grangemouth

Individual Property AQMAs

South Hams A38 AQMA


Newport – Glasllwch M4

Newport – Shaftesbury/Crindau M4

Sevenoaks AQMA1 (M20)

Three Rivers – Chorley Wood AQMA

The full database of AQMAs across the UK can be accessed on the UK-Air AQMA page.

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