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Air Quality within the New Forest

Information on the steps taken by New Forest District Council to manage air quality in the New Forest

Clean air is an essential ingredient of a good quality of life. People have a right to expect that the air that they breathe will not harm them. Industry, vehicles and many other sources can increase the levels of pollutants that can cause harm to human health.

The pollutants of interest in the New Forest are mainly sourced from vehicles in towns and villages, and from industry. Along Southampton Water much of the shoreline is influenced by industrial development (there are 13 industrial processes permitted by the Environment Agency) with the landscape being dominated by a petrochemical complex which is one of the largest in Europe.


Air Quality Management Areas

Local Authorities have a duty to review and assess air quality in its district in accordance with Government guidance. Should it be found that Air Quality Objectives are not being, or are unlikely to be met, the Local Authority has to declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and then work to improve local air quality in pursuit of the Air Quality Objectives.

New Forest District Council currently has 2 declared AQMA's; Lyndhurst and Totton, both for the exceedance of the annual mean objective for nitrogen dioxide. However due to monitored improvements in local air quality New Forest District Council is proposing to revoke to Totton AQMA.

Information on the proposed revocation of Totton Air Quality Management Area can be found adobe icon here [443kb]

Other information on AQMAs:

adobe icon Totton Action Plan [3Mb].
adobe icon Lyndhurst Action Plan [2Mb].
adobe icon Map of Lyndhurst AQMA [131kb]
adobe icon Map of Totton AQMA [147kb].
adobe icon Air Quality Management Order - Lyndhurst [50kb].
adobe icon Air Quality Management Order - Totton [50kb]


Further information regarding local air quality (FAQ's) can be found here


The current air quality monitoring results and reports for New Forest can be found at : air quality


 Useful links: Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs.


Telephone: 023 8028 5411 E-mail:

Mail: Environmental Protection, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Updated: 4 Jul 2016
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