Acoustic Consultants

Noise Assessments For Planning

ACA Acoustics provide acoustic consultancy for planning applications from large residential and mixed-use developments to the installation of a single new air conditioning condenser.

We work with architects, planning consultants, developers, and contractors and as a result we understand how acoustic assessments fit into the planning process and will seamlessly integrate into your design team.


Why is an acoustic report required with your planning application?

Planning consent is required for new development or for changing the use of an existing building.

If the Local Authority’s Environmental Health Officer is concerned that noise from the proposed use could cause a nuisance to nearby residents, then they will request that a noise assessment is carried out.  Similarly, an acoustic assessment will usually be required to support a new residential development to demonstrate that future occupants won’t be disturbed by existing noise sources.

Sometimes the noise assessment is included as a condition, but often the Local Authority will want to consider it before making their decision.


Which are the key policies and standards?

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the associated Planning Practice Guidance – Noise (PPG-N) set out the Government’s planning strategy for England.  We ensure that our acoustic design and reports comply with this guidance, along with the Planning Practice Guidance on noise.

Noise assessments will be carried out using the relevant British Standards and other guidance documents.  Acoustic assessments for new residential developments will typically consider guidance in ProPG: Planning and Noise and BS 8233:2014.  Noise from new industrial or commercial sources will be assessed using BS 4142:2014+A1:2019, for example.

Some Local Authorities will have their own assessment methods or require assessments to use a particular Standard or document.  Our experience of working on projects throughout the UK means we know what the Local Authority will require and have an enviable record of success.


What is a PPG24 assessment or a BS 8233 assessment?

Acoustic assessments in support of new residential developments were historically referred to as “PPG24 assessments”.  While PPG24 was withdrawn in 2012 and is no longer applicable, this term is sometimes still used.  Since PPG24 was withdrawn, sometimes the term BS 8233 assessment has been used to refer to these noise reports for new residential dwellings.


Acoustic services for other types of application

We are also experienced in preparing noise and vibration chapters for inclusion in Environmental Statements and EIA, acoustic assessments in support of applications for Prior Approval, licensing, and work associated with planning appeals, including Expert Witness representation.


Why choose ACA Acoustics for your noise assessment?

We have experience of undertaking noise impact assessments for all types of developments.  Our expert consultants know what the Local Authority will expect in the acoustic report and how the noise assessment should be conducted.   If required, we will use that experience to design the most appropriate noise and vibration control strategy.

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"I want to share with you my appreciation for the honesty and sincerity you have shown throughout our work together.

It’s getting rarer these days that clients’ interests are put ahead of pressure to generate fees.

I would definitely recommend you to others."

Philip Catterall

"I have had the pleasure of using ACA Acoustics’ services on a high-end residential project in Vauxhall, London.

The commitment and proactiveness received from Rob Cant and his team was greatly appreciated on an extremely challenging and short time-framed project. This resulted in ACA Acoustics providing acoustic consultancy services on the current 51-storey commercial fit out project in Central London.

I would not hesitate with recommending their services as they are my preferred company for acoustic consultancy."

Joe Wu – T Clarke PLC

"I have been using ACA Acoustics during my employment at different companies since Rob set the business up in 2012. Rob and his team offer an excellent service and very competitive costs for carrying out acoustic sound surveys and reports. In the fast pace nature of the hospitality client field their fast turnaround is greatly valued and helps me to build a robust offering to my clients."

Craig Ballantyne – Spiritus Technical Services Limited

"We used Rob from ACA Acoustics and would highly recommend their services. The work was carried out to an extremely high standard, these guys obviously know their business.

There was some opposition to our project and those opposing employed an independent acoustic agent to try and discredit the report Rob had produced. However, the other report was thrown out and deemed totally inadequate and the Local Authority praised the report submitted by ACA Acoustics.

As I say, these guys know their stuff and are extremely competent and most professional."

Sanchia Ascroft – The Thatch Barn, Yelling

"ACA Acoustics’ practical understanding of the HVAC industry and professional yet common sense approach to finding the right solution for each project is the reason why I’d always choose to use them on my projects and recommend them to my clients."

Ed Fellerman – Chapman Ventilation Limited

"I’ve worked with Rob and ACA for a number of years on numerous projects, and their proactive approach and negotiation skills have helped my clients and I overcome various difficult challenging noise issues to secure tricky planning consents.

As a planning consultancy we have worked with various noise consultants and I have found ACA to be the most pragmatic and adept, going beyond simply undertaking noise calculations to help find solutions and fight our corner when needed."

Mark Shearman – Firstplan

"I use ACA Acoustics to assist with all our projects which require an acoustic assessment. They also provide the acoustic design for separating walls and floors to comply with The Building Regulations Approved Document E.

Their straightforward and practical advice complements the service I can offer to my clients and I highly recommend their service."

Ian Hubbarde – Link Architecture