Consultation: proposed new air quality management areas

This consultation is now closed


We are consulting on air quality management areas (AQMA) for the Wycombe district.

We are currently considering varying the size of an existing AQMA (along the stretch of the M40 that passes through our district) and declaring two new air quality management areas in High Wycombe and Marlow.

An AQMA is declared for an area where the local air quality is unlikely to meet the government's national air quality objectives.

Purpose and details

Wycombe District Council proposes to declare two new AQMAs - one along the main arterial roads in High Wycombe and the other in Marlow town centre. We would also like to amend an existing AQMA for the M40 corridor, which was previously declared in 2001.

We are required by law to review and assess the air quality within the Wycombe district (under Section 82 of Part IV of the Environment Act 1995). We have a duty to declare an AQMA as and when nitrogen dioxide pollution exceeds the Government target of 40 micrograms per cubic metre annual mean.

We would like your views on the extent of the proposed AQMAs and how you think this may affect you.

Proposed air quality management area maps

Wycombe air quality annual status report 2017 [PDF | 3.3MB]

How to respond to the consultation

This consultation is now closed

Personal data - fair processing notice

As part of this public consultation exercise any information received by us, including personal data, may be put into the public domain, including on this website

Start date

Friday 13 October

Closing date

Friday 24 November

Further information

Contact details

Expected outcome

Following the consultation, we will review comments and declare the AQMAs by the end of 2017. We hope to have developed a draft air quality action plan by March 2018, which is finalised and approved by the end of October 2018.

In developing an air quality action plan, we will follow the Local air quality management policy guidance (PG16) process and will create a steering group that will help us to develop an effective plan.