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Planning & Noise

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.