Planning Policy Guidance (PPG 24)
Planning policy guidance 24 sets out the Government's policy on noise. Local authorities must take the content of this into account when preparing development plans, which could influence decisions on individual planning applications and appeals.
The document builds on the advice previously given in DOE circular 10/73 and gives guidance to local authorities in England on the use of their planning powers to minimize the adverse impact of noise.
When does it apply?
PPG 24 should be considered when planning consent is sought for buildings which are exposed to traffic noise, railway noise, aircraft noise or a combination of these sources. This affects virtually every planning application.
PPG 24 assessment.
The assessment would normally be based upon an environmental noise survey which then puts the proposed development into one of four noise exposure categories (NEC's).
NEC A: Noise need not be considered as a determining factor when granting permission.
NEC B: Noise should be taken into account when determining planning applications and, where appropriate, conditions should be imposed to ensure an adequate level of protection against noise.
NEC C: Planning permission should not normally be granted. Where it is considered that permission should be given because for example there are no alternative quieter sites available, conditions should be imposed to ensure a commensurate level of protection against noise.
NEC D: Planning permission would normally be refused.
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Northburn Acoustics Provide:
Noise survey, written report and, where applicable, prescribe conditions to ensure adequate level of protection.
If the proposed development falls into NEC category A, simply submit the Northburn Acoustics acoustic report with your application.
If the proposed development falls into NEC category B, submit the acoustic report which will also contain outline conditions to ensure adequate protection.
If the proposed development falls into category C, submit the acoustic report which will also contain detailed conditions to ensure commensurate protection.