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Local Authority Planning Applications or Environmental Permit Applications for commercial or industrial sites often require a Noise Impact Assessment or noise survey report following the guidance of British Standard 4142:2014 methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound including fixed plant installations (e.g. air conditioning, kitchen extracts).
A noise assessment can be required when your project will introduce new noise sources to a location close to residential accommodation. The purpose of the resulting noise assessment report is to clearly determine if noise complaints are a likely result of the new noise source.
In some cases where the proposal will lead to noise complaints, we can specify cost effective mitigation to enable the scheme to proceed. Often by re-positioning or enclosing the noise source.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (CNAWR) places a duty on employers to make an assessment of noise exposure within their workplace and ensure that noise exposure levels are reduced to as low as reasonably practicable. In addition there is a specific requirement for those employees exposures to average noise levels exceeding 80dB to undergo an ongoing regime of health surveillance.
There is also an exposure limit value of 87 decibels, taking account of any reduction in exposure provided by hearing protection, above which workers must not be exposed.
The Noise at Work assessment is completed in three stages...
Whether you require an L108 workplace noise survey report, health surveillance or just simply advice, you can be reassured our team will be able to help.
During a Local Authority planning permission for a new or update to a residential development, it’s common that your Local Authority will request a noise impact assessment or noise survey if your proposed dwelling is near a noise source such as a busy road, railway line, industrial premises, or entertainment venue. These types of assessments are generally formed under the guidance within British Standard 8233:2014: Sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings and the Professional Planning Guidance (ProPG) 2017.
The recently published Acoustics Ventilation and Overheating (AVO) Residential Design Guide guidelines recommend an approach for “good acoustic design” as described in the ProPG. The AVO guide gives detailed guidance regarding the impact of noise ingress under overheating conditions.
Road traffic and rail noise is important for planning purposes for new build developments to make sure the internal noise levels are acceptable. There are recognised standards such as the Calculation of Road Traffic Noise (CRTN) and Department of Transport Technical Memorandum Calculation of Rail Noise, 1995 (CRN) which we work to. The noise monitoring procedure set out in CRTN requires that road traffic noise is monitored for a continuous period of three hours on a normal week-day between 10.00 hours and 17.00 hours at a location which is at least 3.5 metres from the nearest kerbside. The 3-hour road traffic noise level measured can then be converted to an 18-hour level.
The aim of a noise assessment is to quantify the baseline noise environment at the proposed site and surrounding area. The potential noise impact on the future occupants of the residential dwelling will be assessed. It is important that noise levels are controlled to an acceptable level both internally and externally, to provide comfortable living and sleeping conditions.
The process of undertaking a planning application noise assessment generally includes:
To meet guideline noise levels, and if required, we can determine the type of double glazing and ventilation specifications you require based on the results of the noise survey.
We have experience of operating at a number of construction sites, working alongside construction teams and local authorities to provide an agreed monitoring methodology, risk assessment and suitable acoustic solutions action levels within a wider Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) in order to satisfy the noise requirements or planning conditions imposed upon the site.
A Noise Management Plan (NMP) can be required to support an Environmental Permitting Application or a Planning Application. It has two main purposes: A statement of intent with regards to your intention to mange noise on site.
A NMP will normally include:
An odour assessment survey is a qualitative assessment of the immediate surroundings of a proposed development or operation such as a restaurant. Its objective is to assess the possible odour impact that may be caused. The odour assessment is carried out in line with the EMAQ, (2018) Control of Odour and Noise from Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Systems, (amendment DEFRA, 2005)
An odour assessment survey can be useful for developers/business owners looking to build a single new commercial property, or expand or change the use of an existing one. The odour assessment provides a qualitative analysis of the potential odour impact on the local vicinity.
As employers know, it’s sometimes necessary to undertake a Noise at Work Survey Assessment. We offer a discount on any future surveys, following the completion of the first survey.
Are you looking to install an air sourced heat pump? Is it in a quiet location, or adjacent to a neighbours' window? If yes, you may be asked to undertake a noise survey to confirm your new noise does not impact at the nearest residential property.