It’s often the case that the first real involvement in noise issues that any company
has is when they apply for planning consent for alterations to their existing business.
For many, this can turn out to be a truly traumatic experience because they never
envisaged either the opposition they would encounter to their scheme or the complexity
of the issues they have to address. Much of this can easily be avioded if the company
examines the noise implications of their plans prior to submission, and includes
a proper acoustics assessment with their application.
If the development you are proposing has any noise implications, get in contact with
us and we’ll advise you of the steps you need to take.
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
The NPPF replaced PPG24 in March 2012 and states that 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;
mitigate and reduce to a minimum other adverse impacts on health and quality of life
arising from noise from new development, including through the use of conditions;
recognise 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
identify and protect areas of tranquillity which have remained relatively undisturbed
by noise and are prized for their recreational and amenity value for this reason.
The express inclusion of noise in the National Planning Policy Framework means that
it will be a material consideration in local planning decisions. Where noise may
be an issue, a noise impact assessment may be required.
How can we help?
We have extensive experience of the preparation of planning noise submissions covering
a very diverse range of developments. Because every development is different and
usually present individual challenges we will need to discuss your requirements before
offering further advice. Contact us for further details.