Posted: 5th May 2021
Noise surveys are frequently required by Local Authorities as part of the planning application process for new projects of residential, commercial, industrial, or mixed-use developments. They are important when a proposed development:
A professional acoustic assessment report can determine existing noise levels (the baseline), use computer modelling to predict future noise levels, and identify effective ways to alleviate noise levels either during or after construction. Engaging with an acoustic consultant, such as ACA Acoustics, not only ensures the accuracy of a noise assessment but can also ensure developers meet the planning department’s deadlines.
Timescales are important in planning applications. The process of awarding planning consent is governed by strict deadlines, with 8 weeks the statutory determination period for most planning applications and 16 weeks for larger developments that require an Environmental Impact Assessment.
As a developer, it is likely that you’ll be asked to submit technical assessment reports from relevant specialists which may range from noise impact assessments and air quality surveys to flood risk assessments and wildlife studies. Each technical assessment requires the involvement of experts in their respective fields, with acoustic consultants the go-to specialists for noise impact assessments.
There are several reasons why it’s important to meet the planning department’s deadlines:
Having said all this, in many ways the content of the acoustic reports is of as much, if not more, importance. If the Local Authority’s Environmental Health Officer (EHO) rejects the submitted report or requests additional information or clarifications, then this can also result in a delay in granting the Decision Notice or even the EHO recommending the application is refused on noise grounds.
Excellent service and efficiency are vital when carrying out acoustic surveys to support the planning process. At ACA Acoustics, we have extensive experience of working with developers to ensure they meet their obligations in providing accurate, reliable acoustic reports to councils. Our priority is to submit your noise survey on time, maximising the chance of your planning proposal being approved first time, without lengthy delays and requests for additional information.
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