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April  2018 Issue 121  headlines

NPS annoyance is ‘skewed’

MPs on the House of Commons transport committee believe the recent aviation National Policy Statement understates noise annoyance from an expanded Heathrow. MPs have focused on what they believe are skewed metrics and measures of annoyance.

Plea for repowering of onshore windfarms

Government is being encouraged to allow widespread repowering of old windfarms that are nearing the end of their mechanical and planning life.

Canal authority warns on HS2 noise

The Inland Waterways Association has submitted a further petition to Government as part of its campaign to mitigate the effects of HS2 on the inland waterways.

ANC awards

Categories in this year’s ANC Acoustic Awards have been increased from four to seven

Westminster AirbNb crackdown

Short term lettings – often AirBnB – are being targeted by Westminster City Council. It has released a lettings charter to encourage good behaviour and increased enforcement to punish bad behaviour

Newcastle unable to consider extra noise

465 homes underneath Newcastle Airport’s flightpath will go ahead despite warnings of excess noise.

Fan fine

A Mansfield shopkeeper has been ordered to pay more than £2,650 for creating a noise nuisance at his Ladybrook convenience store.

Airport cost disbenefit

Researchers have shown that environmental impacts can sometimes exceed an airport’s economic benefits.

Considerable annoyance ‘acceptable’

A housing development near Cranfield in Bedfordshire has been approved despite a planning inspector admitting residents would experience “considerable annoyance”.

Action Week 2018

Noise Action Week is back for 2018 and will run from Monday 21 to Saturday 26 May.

Smoking link

Traffic noise exposure has been linked to smoking and drinking, Danish researchers suggest.

£700 noise bill

North Norfolk District Council has been successful in a prosecution for breaching a noise abatement notice.

Noise sinks mining plans

A proposed open cast coal mine in Derbyshire has been refused at appeal on noise grounds.

Domestic noise underpins NI complaints rise

Noise complaints received by Northern Irish district councils have risen by 13%, according to a report by the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs released today.

Venues surveyed reveal complaints problem

Many music venues have suffered from noise complaints, a census reveals.

York double

A York city centre bar owner has been sentenced to six month’s conditional discharge and ordered to pay a total £1,179.43 for breaching a noise abatement notice a second time.

Grosvenor bung?

Landowner Grosvenor says it will invest over £1 billion on its estate in London’s West End – and cut noise in Berkeley Square as part of a £4 initiative.

Learning affected

High noise levels were found to reduce learning and

NOAELs and SOAELs creep down?

Just a few cars have been considered to cause a significant effect on a quiet cul-de-sac. This is a far cry from SOAELs in the 60-70db range seen for transport sources. Jack Pease reviews the latest judgment.

Aviation respite: quest continues

Questions still remain about how best to give people a break from aviation noise and how to stop them from being too annoyed. Lisa Russell reports. (also respite and WHO annoyance from planes)