Air Quality Management Area

September 2017

To improve air quality and protect the health of residents we have drawn up a draft action plan to improve the air quality in this area. We have just finished consulting with local residents about the plan and will publish the results of this shortly.

To improve air quality and protect the health of residents we have drawn up a draft action plan to improve the air quality in this area. We have just finished consulting with local residents and businesses about the draft plan.  We will now consider the consultation responses before amending the draft plan and will publish the results.

You can read the draft Air Quality Action Plan here.

We have written to all the businesses and residences in the nearby area and invited them to respond to the suggestions in the action plan.

For  more information on air quality you can look at the Defra website on air quality

Background information

March 2016

Air Quality Management Area is designated

Selby District Council designated the first air quality management area in the district on the 29 February 2016. This designation is known as Nitrogen Dioxide Order No 1  and covers the area edged in red on the plan below:

Selby District Council has for a number of years monitored the levels of nitrogen dioxide in New Street, Selby and the surrounding area. A Detailed Assessment considered these levels for the calendar year of 2014 and concluded that there were breaches of this health based objective along the two rows of terraced buildings flanking New Street and that this area is limited to the area of New Street/The Crescent between Selby Abbey and Ousegate.

The AQMA is not meant to indicate all properties within its boundary have breached the levels but rather the geographical boundary identifies the general area in which we want to target improvement actions so that the problem doesn’t get worse and affect more people.

Before we formally designated the area, in 2015 we asked for your views on the size and extent of the area. We had drawn up two options and had particularly wanted to know which option the public thought was most appropriate or if another boundary should be considered.  

The plans showing these options are given here:

  • Option 1 is a smaller AQMA that targets the area most in need of improvement action. This is area of New Street, Selby near the junction with Ousegate and the properties either side of the road. This area must be designated as an AQMA.  
  • Option 2 proposes a wider AQMA that broadens the area targeted for improvement. This area could be included in the AQMA.

More Information

The Frequently Asked Questions provides more information on this process.  If you cannot find the answers you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact us using the details above.