Over recent years, we have seen the introduction of the Noise Policy Statement for England, as well as substantial changes in national planning policy. But these developments have not been accompanied by detailed technical acoustic advice.
The lack of detailed guidance can lead to inconsistent application of policy, that may in turn result in unsatisfactory development and affect quality of life.
To fill that gap and facilitate efficient and consistent decision-making in the development control process, the Institute of Acoustics, the Association of Noise Consultants and the CIEH have joined to produce a Professional Practice Guidance (ProPG) focussing on noise sensitive development.
A draft of this guidance was made available for consultation on the three organisations’ websites from 21 January and feedback is welcomed via a short online questionnaire from anyone involved in advising developers or Local Planning Authorities on noise sensitive developments. Please take the time to review the draft guidance and you have till 31 March to let us know what you think. Two consultation events were held during the consultation period on 2 March in London and 7 March in Manchester with over 100 people attending.