Noise and vibration impact assessments cover a range of development types that are noise sensitive and/or noise generating. You usually use these for planning or permit applications to determine:
- The 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 an impact assessment required?
Developers and business owners use them in planning. As part of a pre-development submission or an approved development condition. You can also use them for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). This would be for larger scale developments covered by relevant regulation.
When you receive a noise and vibration compliant. An impact assessment will be carried out to understand the technical solution(s).
Furthermore, businesses use when applying or renewing an environmental permit. The Government provides specific impact assessment guidance for permit applications. These include computer modelling or spreadsheet calculations.
What do impact assessments include?
A comparison of the existing and proposed situation, accounting for any differences in the environment.
- A site survey that quantifies existing sound (or vibration) levels at the development site
- 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 range of guidance that can be used in noise and vibration impact assessments. Each looking at different development types, and the 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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