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Good news! We’ve added Air Quality Data to all FCI environmental reports

As of today, Thursday 15th June 2017, air quality data will be included in all Future Climate Info (FCI) environmental reports at no extra cost.

Air quality is increasingly becoming a key concern among potential property buyers and the added criticism over the lack of the Government’s efforts to reduce air pollution has made it a hot topic over the recent months.

According to Public Heath England1, the most polluted urban local authorities are Westminster, followed by Kensington and Chelsea. There is no surprise that the London boroughs dominated the list, with 19 of the worst polluted places in Britain being in London. The concerning statistics from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) show that poor air quality has been linked to more than 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year2, of which 9,400 are in London alone3. It is becoming clear that the public are more concerned with the high levels of air pollution around the capital and surrounding areas, with experts also highlighting that poor air quality can knock up to 15% off house prices as potential property buyers reject ‘unhealthy homes’4

Therefore, FCI recognises the importance of monitoring emerging environmental considerations and providing the most up-to-date data information to solicitors, conveyancers and their clients. As an environmental search provider, we are aware of the benefits around reporting and bringing air quality data to the market, enabling property buyers to understand the air quality risks associated with where they are looking to purchase their next property as well as contributing to the overall awareness of the ongoing poor air quality issue in the UK. Although the new dataset will not affect the result of the report, it will allow us to provide a good indication of whether there is a potential risk from air pollutants within an area, as well as providing professional guidance and relevant links to help assist with the next steps. The data, which is now included in all FCI reports is provided by DEFRA and will indicate whether a property is in or within 500 metres of an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) as well as listing the local authority, exactly what pollutants have been detected and the distance of these pollutants to the property.

By adding the new dataset within our FCI reports, we are able to provide awareness and knowledge upfront, so clients can make well informed decisions without the result of the report being directly affected. The air quality data will show a good indication of existing and future air quality issues and will be a welcomed addition to our all-in-one environmental reports.

For more information about our environmental reports or to request a sample, please email info@futureclimateinfo.com, alternatively, call 01279 798111.


References
1. City Metric (June 2017) ‘Where is Britain’s worst air pollution?’ Available at: http://www.citymetric.com/horizons/where-britain-s-worst-air-pollution-3081 (Accessed)
2. NHS (2016) Air pollution ‘kills 40,000 a year’ in the UK, says report. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/02February/Pages/Air-pollution-kills-40000-a-year-in-the-UKsays-report.aspx (Accessed 4 January 2016)
3. BBC News (2015) London’s air pollutions cost 9,400 lives. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-33536989 (Accessed 7 June 2017) 4. Telegraph (May 2017) ‘High pollution is reducing house prices by 15pc as buyers reject ‘unhealthy’ homes’ Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/13/high-pollution-reducing-house-prices-15pc-buyers-reject-unhealthy/ (Accessed 7 June 2017)
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