Noise Myth:

Acoustic Reports which show that average noise levels are within accepted tolerances prove that noise won't be a problem from a new development .



Not at all! There are a number of standards used for assessing machinery and commercial noise, but there is no fixed standard for assessing common law nuisance or amenity. It is a test of reasonableness and includes issues of undue disturbance or intrusion from noise and loss of peace and quiet.

All advice provided relates solely to professional matters in accordance with the statutory defined role of Environmental Health Practitioners, for the assessment of conditions that can give rise to nuisance or impact adversely on public health. Any such advice should not be construed as legal representation or advocacy on behalf of any party.





Planning Applications

When considering a planning application, the Local Planning Authority has a statutory duty to have regard to the provisions of it's development plan and any other material considerations.

Common material considerations include:

  • Government Circulars, orders and statutory instruments
  • Previous appeal decisions
  • Highway issues; traffic generation, vehicular access, highway safety
  • Noise disturbance, or other impacts on amenity.

We can provide desktop reviews and representations for large and small scale developments; on behalf of developers, individuals, homeowners, landlords and Councils. We can assess Design Statements and Acoustic Reports to validate conclusions and methodology used in Reports.

We can carry out nuisance and amenity impact assessments and provide qualitative and quantitative evidence to support objections/ applications relating to material considerations for the protection of amenities from noise and disturbance. Noisedirect has a proven record of success in Planning Appeals to the Secretary of State in England, Scotland and Wales. To find out more about our fixed fee Desktop Studies or Inspection Assessments complete our online enquiry form

Or simply contact Noisedirect for a 30 minute fixed fee consultation for professional, practical advice on noise, disturbance and amenity issues for planning applications.

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