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What You Should Know About Noise and Planning NPSE and NPPF

A summary of NPSE and NPPF

Please see the following summary of NPSE and NPPF, which provide guidance for planning in relation to noise. Typically the guidance provided within these documents will result in noise surveys as an example working to the criteria detailed in documents such as BS8233:2014 and BS4142:2014.

Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE)

The NPSE provides clarification to the underlying principles and aims in existing policy documents, legislation and guidance that relate to noise. The principal aims of the NPSE are stated as follows in Section 1.7 of the document:

“Through the effective management and control of environmental, neighbour and neighbourhood noise within the context of Government policy on sustainable development:

– avoid significant adverse impacts on health and quality of life;

– mitigate and minimise adverse impacts on health and quality of life;

– and where possible, contribute to the improvement of health and quality of life.”

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) set out the Government’s planning policies for England and how they are expected to be applied. It provides a framework within which local authorities are to prepare local plans and use their planning powers to minimise the adverse impact of noise. It contains the following in relation to noise impacts found in Section 11, paragraph 123:

“Planning policies and decisions should aim to:

– Avoid noise from giving rise to significant adverse impacts on health and quality of life as a result of new development;

– Mitigate and reduce to a minimum other adverse impacts on health and quality of life arising from noise from a new development, including through the use of conditions;

– Recognise that development will often create some noise and existing businesses wanting to develop in continuance of their business should not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in nearby land uses since they were established;

– Identify and protect areas of tranquillity which have remained relatively undisturbed by noise and are prized for their recreational and amenity value for this reason.”

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