Have your say on how Rugby's air can be made cleaner

The document is a key piece of work to accompany the 12,400-home Local Plan

Rugby Town Hall.
Rugby Town Hall.

Rugby council is to undertake a public consultation on a draft Air Quality Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), after the council’s cabinet approved the step at its March 2 meeting.

It provides detailed advice and guidance to applicants when submitting planning applications and is designed to ensure that new development and extensions to existing property meet the council’s requirement of improving air quality in the borough.

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The Air Quality SPD relates to new development in the borough, mitigating against air quality impacts and reducing pollution levels, which in turn will contribute to the national climate change agenda.

When adopted, it will be used by the council to ensure that planning decisions reflect as far as possible its aspiration to achieve that goal.

The consultation runs for six weeks from March 9 to 5pm on April 20.

Cllr Jill Simpson-Vince, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said: "This consultation relates to how we will use our Local Plan to help achieve our twin goals of improving air quality and addressing the climate change emergency.

"This draft document sets out a range of detailed advice and guidance for applicants.

“It is important that residents and businesses take this opportunity to inform the SPD and we welcome comments on its content and approach."

Residents can take part in the consultation from Monday March 9 by visiting www.rugby.gov.uk/haveyoursay