Do I Need A Noise Impact Assessment For Residential Development?

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Do I Need A Noise Impact Assessment For Residential Development?

When you are planning to design and build a residential development, there are a lot of things that you need to consider. In addition to your designs, plans and workforce, you are also likely to need planning permission for your project.

Residential developments in Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, London and beyond all require planning applications and noise implications must be taken into account. Unwanted noise from residential developments can adversely impact communal areas, residents and businesses nearby, which is why noise assessments have been put in place to keep noise levels under control.

You might find yourself wondering if you need a noise impact assessment for residential development, and what a noise impact assessment really involves. Our experts are sharing their advice and expertise on noise impact assessment for residential development and when they are needed.

What Is A Noise Impact Assessment For Residential Development?

A noise impact assessment for residential development is used by planners to show the impact of existing or new noise levels on a development that is being proposed. Many planning applications are required to be accompanied by a professional noise assessment. They review various factors that impact the noise of a residential development, including;

  • Existing noise levels at the development site and in surrounding areas.
  • Prediction of the noise impacting on the proposed residential development.
  • Prediction of the noise impacting on the existing surrounding area that would be a direct result of the new development.

These predictions in a noise impact assessment for residential development can be completed using calculations and computer noise modelling. Computer noise modelling takes all the aspects of the new residential development into consideration to provide accurate noise predictions. Some noise assessments require noise mitigation measures to be taken in order to protect either the development or the surrounding area.

When Is A Noise Impact Assessment For Residential Development Required?

There are various policies in place which set out requirements for noise assessments. The Noise Policy Statement (NPSE) set out some long-term strategies to create effective management and control of noise. These policies have been designed to avoid, minimise and, where possible, improve adverse effects of noise to health and quality of life.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) also states that the system of planning should prevent developments from contributing to unacceptable levels of noise pollution.

A noise impact assessment for residential development is often required for any developer and should be included as part of the planning application submission. These types of assessments can also be used as part of Environmental Impact Assessments for large development projects.

This type of noise impact assessment for residential development can be carried out by professionals such as HA Acoustics for projects in Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, London and surrounding areas. Our expert teams can help with a range of noise assessment requirements including:

  • Noise Policy Statement for England
  • BS8233: Environmental noise survey and measurements for residential new builds and change of use
  • Advice on mitigation and design of residential developments ventilation and glazing
  • All measurements made in accordance with current British Standards.

 

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