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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

Environmental Health (Environmental Protection), Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7PA. Tel - 023 8028 5411; Email -


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 1 declared AQMA in Lyndhurst, for the exceedance of the annual mean objective for nitrogen dioxide.

Information on the Lyndhurst AQMA:

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

Local Authorities have a duty to produce an annual local air quality report (Annual Status Reports) for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Since 2016 a summary Air Quality Report has to be made available to the public. The 2018 & 2019 public facing reports can be found below.

adobe icon Annual Status Report 2018 [2Mb]

adobe icon Annual Status Report 2019 [3Mb]

adobe icon Summary Annual Status Report 2019 [863kb]


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

The air quality monitoring results and reports for the New Forest up to and including 2016 can be found at : air quality and for 2017 onwards can be found at air quality.

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

Updated: 10 Jul 2019
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