With air pollution receiving greater attention, planners need to give increasing consideration to the issue, says Justine Thornton QC.
Q. Why has air pollution been in the news recently?
A. This may be partly due to national newspaper campaigns, high profile court cases and the proposal for a third runway at Heathrow. Ultimately, public attention is probably driven by the recent emergence of a general consensus on the science, namely that air pollution is a serious threat to public health, especially to children and the elderly.
On government figures, 23,500 people will die an early death in the UK every year as a result of exposure to nitrogen dioxide.
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