New guidance on noise sensitive development

The Institute of Acoustics, the Association of Noise Consultants and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have produced a Professional Practice Guidance (ProPG) focussing on noise sensitive development. A draft of this guidance is now available for consultation and feedback is welcomed via a short online questionnaire from anyone involved in advising developers or local planning authorities on such developments. The deadline for comments is 31 March 2016. Two consultation events are being arranged during the consultation period on 2 March in London and 7 March in Manchester and these will be advertised separately. A spokesman for the guide said: "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 we have joined to produce this guidance focussing on noise sensitive development."

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