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Monitoring and enforcement of air pollution on construction sites

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th December 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

As part of the development of Queen’s Square in Croydon the local authority has set as part of its planning condition a requirement for the applicant to provide a Construction Logistics Plan (CLP), which covers the monitoring of airborne pollutants, noise and vehicle and non-road mobile machinery movements, with the information provided to the council and the local community in near real-time. Do you support the further adoption of such planning conditions on future large construction sites across London?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Yes, I do support the use of Construction Logistics Planning and other planning conditions as important measures to improve London’s air quality.

The GLA already has formal planning guidance on monitoring and, more importantly, preventing pollutant emissions during construction and demolition.

TfL also publish formal guidance on minimising the transport impacts of development through Construction Logistics Plans.

My new London Plan has clear policies that give material weight to this guidance and embed the use of current best practice to prevent pollution during construction. This guidance will be updated next year.

London’s Non-Road Mobile Machinery Low Emission Zone uses my planning powers to reduce emissions from construction machinery. This unique scheme has been very successful in reducing emissions from construction machinery, and I have recently announced that I will be continuing to support borough level enforcement of the scheme through my Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. While this scheme is successful it could be made both more effective and more efficient with dedicated powers to control this source of emissions, which is why I am lobbying the Government for better powers to control this sector.