Noise Assessments for Planning

Housing Developments

To meet the UK’s demand for housing, planners and developers are increasingly looking towards noisier areas such as city centres and brownfield sites for new housing schemes.  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 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Typically a noise survey would be carried out and the measured noise levels, supplemented by a noise model where required, would be compared with guidance on noise levels from the World Health Organization and BS 8223. In the case of industrial or commercial noise an assessment according to BS 4142 would be carried out. ACCON then prepare a report on the survey and assessment for submission with a planning application. A similar report may also be needed to discharge conditions when a local planning authority has set specific planning conditions relating to noise for a consented development.

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. We 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 are able to react quickly to your requirements.

Mixed Use Development

Residential elements often also form part of mixed-use developments where noise-generating activity may occur in close proximity to residential units.  ACCON UK Limited have considerable experience in assessing the effects of mixed use development where a site comprises retail or 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, or
  • Increased traffic generation.

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 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.

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