ACA Acoustics have provided 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.
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 relevant British Standards such as BS 4142:2014 and BS 8233:2014, other technical documents, and any specific noise and vibration policies of the Local Authority. 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.
Acoustic assessments in support of planning applications for 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 While PPG24 was withdrawn in 2012 and is no longer applicable, this term is sometimes still used.
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.