Last edited 21 Jul 2021


The national planning policy framework (NPPF) defines pollution as: 'Anything that affects the quality of land, air, water or soils, which might lead to an adverse impact on human health, the natural environment or general amenity. Pollution can arise from a range of emissions, including smoke, fumes, gases, dust, steam, odour, noise and light.'

CIRIA's Delivering green infrastructure along linear assets. Scoping study (phase 1) defines pollution as: 'A change in the physical, chemical, radiological or biological quality of a resource (air, land or water) caused by humans or their activities that is injurious to the existing, intended or potential uses of the resource.'

Water for life and livelihoods, River basin management plans, Glossary, Published by the Environment Agency in 2016, defines diffuse pollution as: ‘Pollution from widespread activities with no one discrete source, e.g. pesticides, urban run-off etc. Pollution resulting from scattering or dispersed sources that are collectively significant but to which effects are difficult to attribute individually.’

NB On 20 May 2019, the British Safety Council launched a campaign to have air pollution recognised as an occupational health hazard for construction workers and others who work outdoors. Ref

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