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The green revolution

Thursday 27 July 2017

On Wednesday, the Government announced that it plans to produce a strategy on tackling air pollution in Britain.

The Government is expected to publish its final report this week, proposing to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, in order to improve air quality in the UK.

Amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government was determined to deliver a "green revolution".

The latest air quality plan released by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) encourages local authorities to increase the number of 'clean air zones', particularly in most polluted areas. The plans include a wide range of measures, such as, changing road layouts to decrease congestion, encouraging the uptake of low-emissions cars, and promoting the use of public transport.

Diesel drivers could also face new pollution taxes and be banned from travelling during rush hour, which could have serious implications for commuters who travel long distances to and from work each day.

High pollution levels and house prices have previously been linked, with toxic air readings likely to factor into a house-hunters wish list in terms of where they want to buy in the future. The government have previously suggested using a 'traffic light-style' warning system to show buyers which homes are located in the highest polluted areas.

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove commented:

"Improving air quality is about more than just transport, so next year we will publish a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy. This will set out how we will address all forms of air pollution, delivering clean air for the whole country."

NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive, Mark Hayward said:

"In light of the Mayor of London's impending clampdown on toxic areas of pollution, combined with the fact a number of cities worldwide are banning vehicles and with consumers increasingly aware of the wellbeing of the family unit, we can expect that air quality will very much feature in their future search criteria."