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New homes should be built away from main roads, the NHS watchdog has said.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has recommended houses, flats, schools, nurseries and care homes be protected from pollution.
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It said properties should be built in way which reduces the need to use cars to get there, as one charity warns dirty air is killing thousands of people each year.
Vehicles churn out polluting gases including nitrogen dioxide, which can cause lung problems and trigger asthma attacks in both adults and children.
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The advice comes after Friends of the Earth this week warned thousands of areas across the UK have levels of toxic pollution which breach safety limits.
Nice has today suggested councils should use their planning permission powers to make sure developers take steps to reduce pollution where people live.
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They should plant trees and plants outside and on roofs, and create areas for people to walk and cycle in clean air, it said.
'Poor air quality is associated with adverse health effects, including asthma attacks, reduced lung function, and admissions to hospital,' said the organisation's Professor Gillian Leng.
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'As a society we need to think long-term and collaboratively to improve air quality across the country. Our guidance can help us to achieve that.'
And Nice added councils should actively try to reduce the number of people on the roads, encouraging them to take public transport, cycle or walk.
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