Noise can be generated by a number of different sources including road traffic, industrial and commercial processes and night time uses, such as bars, public houses, hot food takeaways and nightclubs. Deliveries and people arriving or leaving a premises will also be considered.
Noise assessments assist the Local Planning Authority in making judgements as to whether a scheme is acceptable. The requirement for a noise assessment must be determined by taking account of the specifics of the proposals and the character of the area.
All noise impact assessments should be prepared by a suitably qualified acoustician and is required when
A proposal causes a noise disturbance to the occupants of nearby buildings;
A development is noise sensitive ;
A proposal is close to existing sources of noise.
The requirement for an assessment should be identified at pre-planning application stage, at which time, the scope of the report and assessment of any impacts should be agreed with the Planning Case Officer supported by and Environmental Protection Service.
All noise impact assessments should be prepared by a suitably qualified acoustician.
The Environmental Protection Services provide detailed advice on what will be required in an assessment including guidance on city centre living issues.