The ‘Low Emission Strategies Good Practice Guidance’, was developed by the Low Emission Strategies Partnership in collaboration with Defra. The final version was published in January 2010. It establishes ways in which the planning system may be used to reduce emissions from transport, in order to improve local air quality and work towards climate change targets.
The guidance is intended for use by local authority planners and those who work closely with them, such as environmental health, transport planning and sustainable development teams. The document outlines the underlying principles of low emission strategies and includes case examples of good practice.
Defra has published the guidance as part of its suite of support tools for local authorities under the Local Air Quality Management regime.
In January 2011, the LES Partnership published additional guidance on the development of Supplementary Planning Documents. This builds on the approaches outlined in the original 2010 Guidance, thus assisting local authorities wishing to promote Low Emission Strategies in their area.