Air Quality Management: Protecting Health and Addressing Climate Change SPD

The Air Quality Management: Protecting Health and Addressing Climate Change Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted on 8 December 2020.

The SPD supplements the policies of Burnley’s Local Plan. SPDs elaborate upon the policy and proposals in Local Plans but do not have their formal statutory ‘Development Plan’ status. They are, however, material considerations in the consideration of relevant development proposals.

The SPD sets out the requirements for and scope of air quality assessments to support planning applications and appropriate mitigations, to meet the requirements of Local Plan Policies NE5 and IC2 in particular. Whilst the primary focus of this SPD is on the transport impacts of new development in relation to air quality and the direct impacts on health, it is also recognised that reducing and mitigating air pollution from transport emissions has co-benefits in relation to addressing climate change.

The SPD and accompanying Adoption Statement are available to download below.

The SPDs and this Adoption Statement are also available for inspection at Burnley Town Hall during normal opening hours. If you have any difficulty accessing the documents electronically and are unable to visit the Town Hall due to the Coronavirus pandemic, please contact the team for assistance.


The Council prepared and invited comments on a draft of the document for a 6 week period from 27 February to 9 April 2020. This deadline was extended due to the Coronavirus pandemic until 30th June 2020. 

A schedule summarising the responses received and changes agreed can be seen as an appendix to Item 10 of the Executive Report by following the link below.

Burnley Council : Agenda for Executive on Tuesday, 8th December, 2020, 6.30 pm (

The consultation draft SPD can be viewed below.