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Garbage in, gospel out? - Air quality assessment in the UK planning system

Mills, Ashley, Peckham, Stephen (2019) Garbage in, gospel out? - Air quality assessment in the UK planning system. Environmental Science and Policy, 101 . pp. 211-220. ISSN 1462-9011. (doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2019.06.010) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:75385)

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Abstract

In the United Kingdom, the planning process requires applicants to submitan air quality impact assessment wherever an impact on national limit com-pliance is likely, and this factors into the resultant decision. We identify flawsin the current methodological frameworks and policies associated with thisprocess that in the worst cases could lead to poor decision making. We giveexamples of how inaccurate data is certified as good through unsuitable pre-processing, how these errors are then amplified by poor modeling practice,and how the final data is judged against metrics that are evidence impairedto arrive at potentially unsound decisions. We then discuss the implicationsand propose a way forward.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.06.010
Uncontrolled keywords: Air pollution, Air quality management, UK regulation, Planning
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Ashley Mills
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 08:11 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2020 03:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75385 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mills, Ashley: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2968-1471
Peckham, Stephen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7002-2614
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