South Wootton 600 homes plan – air quality is a priority, Lynn News letters
Ignorance of previous public, as well as council, reservations over a potential 2,000 car increase, for a 600-home development is an indictment of the council which has a legal obligation to reduce poor air quality in its air quality management areas (AQMA).
The Gaywood Clock area of Lynn was declared an AQMA in 2009 and the London Road and massively extended AQMA, via an entire town one-way system, goes back to 2003.
Therefore a legal duty and international law breaches leading to EU fines, is a prior obligation of Norfolk County Council and the borough council, a legal priority to stop any such developments that exacerbate air pollution in or around areas that are causing harm to public health.
This would counter any potential legal threat from the developer on appeal. Legally, a failure to reduce emissions is a violation already, so allowing a large development breaches an existing commitment, whereas no legal case has been laid in this case by developers.
The borough council planners breach the law, by passing this matter through planning and risk local citizens’ health in the process. A case against the council will likely be more successful for their breach of existing laws, than an imagined case by developers, who would increase AQMA air pollution, with their proposals.