Of all pollution issues, noise causes the largest number of complaints to local authorities. Without accurate assessment and awareness of noise sources and their related nuisance it would be impossible to propose an effective remedial solution. Therefore, the demand by local authorities for noise impact assessments has increased significantly, particularly in support of planning applications for new developments or for change of use proposals, where there are sensitive noise receptors.
This is further defined in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which 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.
Therefore, a noise assessment should be considered where:
You are proposing to introduce or modify a noise source which could affect the surroundings such as a nearby residential development.
You are proposing a development that is adjacent to existing noise sources such as road traffic or rail noise.
To meet your requirements and ensure you remain compliant, Lustre Consulting works with experienced noise assessors and engineers to offer a comprehensive Noise Assessment service to our clients, complementing our core Contaminated Land Assessment service. We can provide an accurate assessment of your proposals in accordance with all relevant guidance and standards including but not limited to:
PPG 24 – Planning and Noise (officially withdrawn but still generally applied due to the lack of new guidance in NPPF)
BS4142 – Rating industrial noise affecting mixed residential and industrial sources
BS8233 – Sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings
Department of Transport “Calculation of Road Traffic Noise
Building Research Establishment “Sound Control for Homes”
In addition to accurately assessing and categorising the development, remedial advice will be offered to limit the impact of noise. The remedial works proposed will be suitable for the development and its surroundings, whilst maintaining minimal cost to the client.
Some important points to consider when commissioning a Noise Assessment:
To enable us to produce an accurate Noise Assessment where road traffic noise is a dominant source, we may require traffic data and other information from a Transport Assessment. We work closely with companies who carry out Transportation Services and would be able to refer you, or manage a Transport Assessment on your behalf if required.
Figures from a Transport Assessment can be used to calculate existing and future noise levels where it is preferred over a measured survey. Traffic data can also support data collected during a measured survey.
For delivery of our Noise Assessment report we will usually require two to three weeks from receipt of formal instruction (if traffic information is readily available). However, we will always strive to meet your deadline if it falls within this timeframe.