UK city planners urged to protect children from pollution
Professor Gillian Leng, the deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE, said: “It’s important that local authorities implement strategies to ensure local people are protected from the effects of air pollution. If we can address pollution at the planning stage, we can reduce the need for expensive remedial action further down the line.
Last year UNICEF UK revealed that children in London are exposed to more than 60% of their daily air pollution intake during the school run and while in school. Richard Blyth, head of policy and research at the Royal Town Planning Institute, says “Planners have a leading role in joining up the dots, from housing and transport to green spaces and land use management, to ensure communities benefit from a holistic approach to tackling air pollution. NICE’s quality air standard should prompt more concerted efforts to tackle this vital issue.”