A noise impact assessment can cover a vast range of development types that are noise sensitive and/or noise generating. Impact assessments are typically used for planning or permit applications in the determination of:
- existing sources of sound or vibration impacting on a proposed noise sensitive development site, or;
- sources of sound or vibration from an existing or proposed noise generating development impacting on existing sites
When is a noise assessment required?
Noise impact assessment are normally required in planning, for developers and business owners as part of a pre-development submission or an approved development condition. The assessments can also form chapters of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in larger scale developments covered by relevant regulation.
Noise impact assessment can also be used to understand technical solutions in the event of noise and vibration problems or complaint.
Impacts assessments are also used for businesses when applying or renewing and environmental permit. The Government provides specific impact assessment guidance for permit applications which include computer modelling or spreadsheet calculations.
What do noise assessments include?
The approach to noise impact assessment generally describes a comparison of the existing and proposed situation accounting for any differences in the environment, caused by or imposed upon, new or existing development.
- Quantification of existing sound (or vibration) levels at the development site by means of a site survey
- Prediction of noise and/or vibration impacts, either:
- Imposed upon the proposed development
- Impacting on the area because of existing operations or new development
- Demonstration of resulting sound and/or vibration levels by calculations which can include environmental noise modelling (where appropriate)
- Review of impacts in accordance with relevant standards and guidance
- Review of commensurate noise mitigation measures to promote a sustainable development
What guidance do you use?
There is a vast range of guidance that can be used in noise and vibration impact assessment, whose relevance depends upon the nature of the development and source(s) under investigation. At Sound Solution Consultants we keep up to date with the latest industry standards and guidance, to provide impact assessments that will be accepted by the Local Authority.
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