Noise Assessment

Housing Developments

To meet the UK’s demand for housing, planners and developers are increasingly looking towards noisier areas such as city centres and brown field sites to develop new housing schemes and other noise sensitive developments. Residential elements often also form part of mixed-use developments where noise-generating activity may occur in close proximity. In order to demonstrate a site’s suitability for housing, Local Planning Authorities may require a noise assessment that takes account of local policies and the NPSE and NPPF, or similar policies in Scotland and Wales. As experienced practitioners, we can draw upon our considerable experience and knowledge of published guidance and previous assessments to devise appropriate criteria to assess a proposed development. There is generally a requirement for a noise survey and this would be presented with the assessment results in a report for submission with a planning application. In some cases, the local planning authority may have set specific planning conditions relating to noise levels that must be achieved. Again, noise surveys and calculations would be used to demonstrate compliance in order to discharge any planning conditions.

Our staff have a proven track record in delivering high quality reports and gaining planning permission, even in noisy locations. We utilise a range of digital noise monitoring equipment and noise modelling software and most importantly are able to react quickly to your requirements.

Mixed Use Development

ACCON UK Limited have considerable experience in assessing the effects of mixed use development where a site comprises retail/ commercial premises adjoining residential uses. We routinely assess the impacts of such development where effects can be due to:

  • Delivery noise,
  • Noise from air handing plant,
  • General activity noise,
  • Increased traffic generation, and
  • Construction noise.

Industrial and Commercial Developments

The NPPF states that “development will often create some noise and existing businesses wanting to develop in continuance of their business should not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in nearby land uses since they were established”.

To support a planning application for industrial and commercial development, we can also carry out noise surveys and assessments. National and local authority policies will also need to be considered in relation to the assessment and the most appropriate criteria considered.  In many cases an assessment may need to be carried out according to BS 4142, Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound.

Wind Farm Developments

With the UK Government’s target of 20% of all energy to come from renewable sources by 2020, the number of planning applications for wind farm developments are set to rise. ACCON’s noise team have now been involved in the noise assessment and review of a large number of wind farm development projects across the whole of the UK.

More information on Wind Farm Developments can be found on our dedicated Wind Farm page.