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Camden Council must stop ‘breaking legal obligations’ on air pollution

PUBLISHED: 18:14 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 18:14 15 April 2016

Pollution levels are high in Hampstead village  Picture: Nigel Sutton

Pollution levels are high in Hampstead village Picture: Nigel Sutton

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Campaigners have accused Camden Council of breaking legal obligations on air quality as pollution levels in Hampstead soar above national safety levels.

Campaigning for cleaner air in Primrose Hill:  campaigners join Andrew Marr measuring pollution levels earlier this month,Campaigning for cleaner air in Primrose Hill: campaigners join Andrew Marr measuring pollution levels earlier this month,

A deputation to Camden Council on Monday night will demand that councillors do not pass any further developments that will increase nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels.

Solicitor Jessica Learmond-Criqui, who is leading the deputation, says that work on large developments including HS2, the Royal Free’s immunology unit and the Mayor of London’s Cycle Superhighway 11 will increase the pollution levels, putting more lives at risk.

She says: “Camden Council is directly bound by the Air Quality Directive. There is not enough being done to comply with its legal obligations.

“The obligations of the directive mean that Camden should not approve any further applications for property developments involving lorry movements which spew out NO2 if, as a result, pollution levels will rise further.

“It should not give its approval for any changes which would enable CS11 to gain approval.”

She says planners should not agree construction management plans for approved schemes such as 100a Avenue Road and the New End former nurses home and Royal Free Pears Building developments.

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