Why is Planning important?

For all new developments, a planning application must be submitted to the Local Planning Authority (LPA). This will usually include a requirement to assess existing noise sources and vibration, in order to prevent problems for future occupants/users.
Existing noise sources, such as transport noise, industrial and commercial, are measured and levels at noise sensitive receptors calculated to ensure these are kept within acceptable limits.
Where levels are exceeded this allows the architects of new buildings to eliminate the issue or where this is not possible, mitigate to acceptable levels. Identifying, measuring and calculating noise levels is essential, and achieved by undertaking a noise assessment.
The process can be complicated given that each LPA may have their own interpretation of levels required to be achieved.
We must also take into account the existing environment when reviewing requirements, given each development will differ depending on the geographical location.


Navigating the planning process

Planning application

We will help you to chart a path through the planning process by identifying the specific requirements of the application and conversing with the other stakeholders involved in the project or process.
Our role is to ensure that through effective communication we provide advice that allows compliance with the LPA’s requirements which will be cost effective and ensures the project can proceed.
Identifying the current noise levels, or calculating the levels where a physical measure is not possible, is paramount to allow developments to be designed correctly.
From the façade of the building envelope to the roof and glazing, all these elements can affect the way we perceive noise both internally and externally.
Consideration also needs to be given to internal noise and how sound may transmit between rooms or as a result of internal plant, such as air conditioning.

How do we do this?

We assist by taking the LPA’s requirements and measuring these levels against data collected through processes such as a Noise Impact Assessment, as well as utilising the information within the available standards and guidance documents for noise and vibration.
Each site and development will be unique and the process required is highly dependent on the LPA involved. Our aim is to take the project from a feasibility study through to a final report that achieves an outcome that benefits all parties.

Associated Standards and Guidance Documents

BS 4142:2014+A1:2019 Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound
BS 8233:2014 – Guidance on Sound Insulation and Noise Reduction for Buildings
WHO Guidelines for Community Noise
Professional Practice on Planning and Noise (ProPG)
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE)

Need advice or assistance with a planning application?

We can help whether its a new application or an issue with an existing one.