Planning and Noise – Planning Policy

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the government’s guidance on planning and this also covers the environmental and sustainability aspects of planning.  Key policy aims on noise were also set out in the government’s Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE).  The NPPF includes the following statement:

“Planning policies and decisions should aim to avoid noise from giving rise to significant adverse impacts on health and quality of life as a result of new development”.

It is important to note that the national planning guidance does not provide any specific guidance in terms of noise levels or changes in noise and the effects on health or quality of life.  An assessment to demonstrate that there would be no significant adverse noise impacts for a residential development typically involves assessing the effects of transportation noise. Measures to mitigate noise may need to be incorporated into the design of the proposed housing.  Any sources of commercial, industrial or entertainment noise must also be taken into account. Planning guidance advises that appropriate mitigation must also be considered to avoid potential complaints from new residents that may lead to enforcement action for existing businesses.

Local planning authorities also have policies relating to noise-sensitive development and noise-generating development. Many local authorities provide more specific guidance on noise than that provided by national policy and planning practice guidance.

With our team members being at the forefront of developing new planning and noise guidance we are very well placed to bring forward successful outcomes for our wide range of clients.

ACCON UK Limited’s personnel 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.

We routinely advise on a wide variety of schemes from small scale projects to the largest housing developments and we also have wide ranging experience in dealing with mixed use developments and the impacts arising from those. Utilising our three dimensional noise modelling software, we are adept at predicting the noise impacts from road traffic, railways and industry.

ACCON are also highly experienced in measuring and assessing the impacts of vibration.

Our personnel are acknowledged experts in respect of the provision of expert evidence at Public Inquiries, Select Committee etc and have developed well-honed skills of advocacy and expert witness capability over a period in excess of 30 years.

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