Hearing protection

Hearing protection can help when complying with a noise risk assessment

Posted: 20th July 2021

Noise Assessments To Comply With The National Planning Policy Framework

Noise assessments are key components of planning applications for new developments, yet the path to achieving planning consent is often not simple.

National Planning Policy Framework

Noise must be considered when new developments are planned as these may create additional noise or be subject to existing noise in the locality.  A detailed, accurate acoustic assessment report ensures that effective and affordable solutions are applied to mitigate potential problems once the project is complete. As part of the planning process, Local Authorities will often require an environmental noise report to be carried out so that the impact of noise can be forecast, and mitigation schemes implemented.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) highlights four aims in relation to controlling noise:

  1. To avoid significant adverse effects.
  2. To mitigate or minimise adverse effects.
  3. To ensure that existing businesses will not be subject to unreasonable restrictions because of local redevelopment.
  4. To identify and protect areas of tranquillity.

As noise occurs in many contrasting ways, it’s important to partner with an acoustics specialist, such as ACA Acoustics, who specialises in many different types of assessments. Noise surveys may be a short assessment by an acoustics expert which is completed in a few minutes or a few hours; alternatively, they may require an extended duration with specialist equipment left in situ over a day or even weeks, with data monitored in real-time.


Types of Noise Assessments

Acoustics is a technical subject and can be difficult to understand for people who are not experts.  There are many different Standards, policies, and guidance documents.  Some British Standards have a defined purpose for certain assessments, such as BS 4142 or BS 8233.

But, to make things more confusing, many proposed uses and activities do not have a set noise assessment methodology.  In this instance the acoustic consultant will need to propose an appropriate assessment method.  If there are objectors to your planning application then they may appoint their own acoustic consultant, who can propose an alternative assessment method.  The key is to ensure that any methodology proposed is acceptable to the Local Authority Environmental Health Officer.

What is important is that you work with a consultant who has the experience to choose the most appropriate survey and assessment method to produce reliable data to support your planning application.


Contact ACA Acoustics For Accurate Noise Assessments For Planning Applications

If you’re at the early stage of development planning and require a straightforward, easy- to-understand noise impact assessment report, get in touch with ACA Acoustics.

We provide architects, planning consultants, and developers with reliable and unambiguous noise assessments to support applications to Local Authorities for planning consent. With a decade of expertise in the field, working with national and international brands in every sector of industry, our acoustics specialists have the knowledge and skills to support you throughout the planning process. And, because providing acoustic assessments for planning applications is our business, we understand how to present technical information in the most appropriate format so that non-technical readers (such as councillors) can still fully understand the data and noise projections – increasing the likelihood of your project being given the green light first time.

Image Source: Pixabay

Posted By:ACA Acoustics