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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.'

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