Councillor Nigel Bedford has confirmed the cabinet decision to adopt the Interim Air Pollution Mitigation Strategy for Epping Forest.
Councillor Nigel Bedford, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning at Epping Forest District Council said:
We have upheld the decision to adopt the Interim Air Pollution Mitigation Strategy for Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It will allow careful and considered developments in the district to proceed with the appropriate measures to mitigate the impacts on air quality in the Epping Forest of any development and the current backlog of planning decisions to be released in the coming months.
The Interim Air Pollution Mitigation strategy identifies as one of the measures that a clean air zone is being considered for implementation in 2025. How this clean air zone will work, charges for the zone and other issues around its implementation will of course require further work over the coming months / years. A suite of other measures will be introduced earlier to achieve a 10% conversion of petrol cars to Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) by 2024/25.
Proposals such as the clean air zone will require detailed consideration and consultation which will include aspects of charging. The most important thing is that my decision both allows a considered approach to development to occur now, whilst consideration is given to what measures are needed to protect our environment and the forest for decades to come.
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