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December 2016 headlines
England mapped for £113,000
Defra is tendering to map the entire England area – for £113,000.
Sustainable presumption tested
The High Court has challenged the assumed presumption in favour of sustainable development.
UK coastal noise map completed
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has teamed up with Marine Scotland Science and the University of Exeter to analyse underwater noise data from subsea sound recorders located around the UK coast. Cefas is working to establish a permanent noise monitoring network, which will become operational in 2017.
As Noise Bulletin went to press, judgment has been entered against wind farm operator Enercon due to noisy turbines in Cork.
Threats of action against Airbnb-style holiday letting of flats have prompted the firm to introduce time limits.
CIEH’s noise policy officer (for 25 years) Howard Price is
taking early retirement.
He will not be directly replaced.
Noise Abatement Society John Connell awards have been won by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of London, Sheffield City Council was highly commended.
Tory seizure ....
Leicester City Council’s noise team has seized microphones, mixing desks, a keyboard and several large speakers from a local Conservative Club following ongoing complaints from neighbours about excessive noise.
... workers fined too
Cannock Chase Council has successfully prosecuted Chadsmoor Progressive Working Men’s Club for failing to comply with a noise abatement notice.
Mineral planning authorities can bid for DCLG funding totalling £800,000 to deal with shale gas applications.
Clapham noise fears
A park shared by two London boroughs has led to noise objections.
Northern Ireland complaints are down
Northern Ireland nuisance complaints dropped last year, an annual report suggests.
Ipswich bucks out-of-hours trend
Ipswich Council has increased its out of hours noise service at a time many councils are scaling down nuisance provision due to council cuts.
Heathrow challenge takes shape
Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead Councils, together with Greenpeace and a resident of Hillingdon, have commenced legal action demanding the Government withdraws support for Heathrow expansion.
The London Assembly has called in various witnesses to scrutinise the decision to expand Heathrow.
The Government has been quizzed on plans to set up an Independent Aviation Noise Authority.
Novel means to isolate plant noise
The Environment Agency has managed to use permit conditions in a novel way to isolate noise disturbance from two neighbouring firms attracting noise nuisance complaints.
There has never been a more worthwhile time to engage with
the Government on noise” claimed Defra noise manager Lewis Baker.
Speaking to the Epuk annual conference, he continued: “In the past we have been covered by the EU and now we may well not be. We are currently developing a 25 year environment plan and will soon launch a consultation, and this will encompass noise within it.”
US face concentrated flightpath battles
Cases are reaching the US courts on the move to concentrate flightpaths.
Twickenham MP Tania Mathias has tabled a ten minute rule Bill to allow aircraft noise to be treated as a statutory nuisance.
News from the IoA ‘Etsu – is it time to move on meeting
Wind turbine experts gathered in Birmingham earlier this month to discuss the need to replace the 20 year old Etsu assessment guidelines.
Long court fight
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has ducked a claim for £1m damages following on from serving a noise abatement notice.
Internoise: 900 papers!
The 45th Inter-Noise 2016 was held earlier this year in Hamburg, on the optimistic theme of “towards a quieter future”. With over 900 contributions across every potential aspect of noise and vibration, Lis Stedman cherry-picks some of the multitude that are of interest.
Sensitivity and health link
Ill health has been linked to increased noise sensitivity
by Dutch researchers.
Researchers looked at 5806 participants of whom 12.5%) considered they had a high sensitivity to noise.
Noise & birds
Excess noise appears to reduce the ability of birds to successfully breed.
November 2016 headlines
Turbine penalty confirmed
Wind turbines displaying amplitude modulation could be clobbered with up to an 11dBA penalty. 5dB for the thumping. 3dB for any tonal content and 3dB by virtue of abandoning Etsu’s controversional more- relaxed nighttime limit.
Heathrow chosen despite noise disbenefits
The Government has decided that long awaited airport expansion will take the form of a third runway at Heathrow. Night flights may be curbed. Local councils, the London mayor and environmental pressure groups are already preparing to challenge the decision.
Noise top gripe
A survey of 2,000 people found that noise tops their list of neighbour gripes.
Last month’s Noise Bulletin contained a report on Cuadrilla’s application for fracking in Lancashire.
Studio loses Westminster battle
The High Court has thrown out a claim that Westminster City Council should have refused permission for development next to a noise-sensitive TV studio.
The Ombudsman has rejected a claim that a council failed to investigate a noise nuisance from a boiler flue.
£600 dog fine
Trafford Council prosecuted a shopkeeper for having a noisy
dog and breaching a noise abatement notice.
Continued barking led to a £600 fine and £300 costs.
Noise and NO2
Spatial patterns of noise and NO2 may differ.
Tyres equal barriers
Norwegian research suggests quiet low rolling resistance tyres can reduce noise as much as barriers.
Abandoned home bought for turbine tests
A home abandoned due to noise from a wind farm is to be turned into a laboratory.
Activity drops if exposed to transport noise
Researchers studied nearly 4,000 subjects and found that increased transportation noise annoyance was linked to reduced amounts of exercise. They suggest that lack of sleep might reduce enthusiasm for exercise, the lack of exercise then prompting a raft of adverse health impacts
A noise bund at Leigh Delamere in Wiltshire has been
rejected on appeal.
The bund was to be built out of construction waste and was supported by most local residents. The planning inspector described the estimated reduction in noise of 5.8db to be “marginal” and the bund was refused.
£1,000 barking cost
A Lincoln woman has been ordered to pay more than £1,000
after allowing her dog to disturb neighbours for more than six months with its
On at least two occasions, the dog was recorded barking almost non-stop for 45 minutes.
She was found guilty of breaching a noise abatement notice and given a £660 fine and ordered to pay £300 costs and a £66 victims’ surcharge – a total of £1,026.
A woman who ignored repeated requests by neighbours and council environment officers to stop cockerels crowing in her garden has been ordered to pay more than £280 in fines and court costs by Colchester Magistrates, in a case brought by Colchester Borough Council.
Turbines bad for you...
Audiologists argue that wind turbines can worsen human health.
...no they aren’t
Scottish public health experts say there are no health effects from turbines.
Injunctions stop cruisers
Two councils have resorted to injunctions to block planned car ‘cruises’.
Acoustics funding to halve?
The Institute of Acoustics research committee has told Parliament that Brexit could halve research funding on noise.
Researchers have linked traffic noise and high blood pressure.
Environmental regulations post-Brexit
Report from IoA’s brexit meeting held in London last month. What will environmental regulation look like after a Brexit? This is a question consultants are keen to answer and it was fully discussed at a recent Institute of Acoustics meeting.
The Institute of Acoustics and the other 37 professional engineering organisations, representing all disciplines of UK engineering, have joined forces under the leadership of the Royal Academy of Engineering to provide evidence-based advice to the government on the opportunities and risks caused by leaving the EU.
Following an inspection by surveillance commissioners, Dundee City Council will in future warn anti social tenants when noise recordings are going to be taken for enforcement purposes.
Judgment sets fracking policy?
Permission has now been granted for the use of ‘fracking’ to extract shale gas from two sites in Lancashire. Lisa Russell looks back at the noise issues that have played a key part in the deliberations. Six pages are needed to do justice to a decision that will likely become the template for fracking noise policy.
October 2016 headlines
Fracking: tight noise conditions’
In a massive 604 page judgment – much of it on noise – central Government has partially approve fracking in Lancashire.
ETSU rejected as nuisance curtails turbine
An Etsu-based defence of a noisy wind turbine has failed with the operator settling a nuisance action out of court.
Gatwick 2nd runway housing unacceptable
A proposal to build one new house beneath the flightpath of a possible second runway at Gatwick has been rejected at appeal.
Wales joins up noise and air
Wales is consulting on a joint noise and air quality strategy.
Highways England has a target of “mitigating” 1,150 noise hotspots by 2020. It has only managed 48 but claims it is still on course for meeting its deadline.
A study suggests European noise mapping may be subject to variations.
Khan pledges on agent of change
Recently-elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to review the ‘agent of change’ principle in the London Plan.
Colchester criticised for sloppy evidence
A nightclub in Colchester has won the right to open later on two nights a week following a planning appeal.
Row brewing over fighter jet impact
Plans to build 375 homes and a school near RAF Lakenheath are raising military concerns about noise nuisance.
Wellbeing is reduced for those living near UK airports.
Noise sinks Tyneside housing
A proposal for 65 new homes next to an industrial estate in North Tyneside has been rejected at appeal.
Cirrus polls north west authorities
Noise monitor firm Cirrus has surveyed north west England local authorities to establish the pattern of noise complaints.
Cattle grid woes
Noisy cattle grids have been studied by researchers from Leeds and Bradford Universities.
AM penalty solution fails concerns
The Independent Noise Working Group does not believe the IoA/WSP-proposed penalty for wind turbine amplitude modulation will solve nuisance issues.
DfT continues to develop policy for night flights in London in preparation for new restrictions in October 2017 – with a consultation later this year.
Webtag project assessment methodology has been revamped to include wider impacts.
The use of Airbnb in the UK has exploded over the last 12 months, the Residential Landlords Association says.
SOAELs and NOAELs again
Lis Stedman finds the quest to put numbers on SOAELs and NOAELs goes on – whatever acousticians say, everyone loves a proper number.
IoA on NPL pullout
The Institute of Acoustics has lent its voice to concerns that NPL is pulling out of noise measurement.
Some local authorities are taking additional action to minimise the disruption caused by a proliferation of noisy construction projects in residential areas. Lisa Russell reports.
August/September 2016 headlines
AM turbine penalty – 3dBA?
A 3dBA penalty could be introduced if amplitude modulation (thumping) occurs at a wind farm.
Health a material consideration?
Health should be material planning consideration, say MPs on the Commons Health Committee. A report on 2013 public health changes recommended more focus on planning and health.
Manchester City Council has introduced residential quality guidelines that include noise.
London City go-ahead
Noise concerns have failed to halt the expansion of London City Airport.
Clive Bentley of Sharps Redmore told the IoA conference of his quest for a new metric for tranquillity.
Construction monitoring update
Environmental noise experts gathered at the IoA Acoustics 2016 event last week.
Policy vacuum leads to flip-flop
A school is back in the High Court following endless flip-flopping interpreting noise policy.
Further Muga appeal fails in Sussex
Yet another challenge to a decision to remove a condition from sports grounds has failed.
Teignbridge uses WHO to assess MUGA noise
A multi use games area in Devon is causing noise problems for neighbours following installation of floodlights allowing evening use.
NPL dumps noise
The National Physics Laboratory (NPL) is pulling out of airborne acoustics.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has begun a search to appoint a Night Czar to develop London as a 24-hour city. This has been prompted by the introduction of all-night running of some tube lines.
Government appears to have learned from mistakes made with wind turbines and is consulting on a community payments for those near fracking sites.
£4k party fine
A Roehampton woman who held two noisy parties on consecutive nights was fined £4,000.
WHO lobbied on turbine noise
Noise experts have asked the World Health Organisation to consider wind turbine noise in new environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region.
Solar barriers abandoned
A project looking at installing solar panels in motorway noise barriers looks set to be abandoned.
Train horn noise may once again become an issue with railway authorities considering allowing use of horns at night.
Noise and planning
There have been more interesting noise and planning judgments in Lakenheath, South Tyneside and Crawley – but we’ve run out of space.
Noise may be responsible for atrial fibrillation – irregular heart beats.
£8,000 dog cost
A couple were prosecuted at Stevenage Magistrates for eight breaches of a Noise Abatement Notice served by North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC).
AM method proposed
Cuts in subsidies mean that fewer windfarms are being built – but there has still been plenty of interest in developing a robust way of assessing noise issues. Lisa Russell reports on the IoA’s new rating method for amplitude modulation.
All in one wind monitor
The US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has patented an ‘all in one’ wind turbine monitor.
The Polish Government has adopted a minimum setback distance for wind turbines.
Planning ignores health?
A Cheshire housing decision earlier this summer suggests that developers can argue their way out of considering health effects of noise. Lis Stedman delves deeper.into the Manchester flightparth decision
July 2016 headlines
Planes quash Cheshire homes
Aviation noise has led to refusal for a large development in Cheshire – now confirmed at appeal. Planners had said that flightpath noise would cause a “significant adverse impact on health and quality of life”.
Sue Bird MBE
Acoustician Sue Bird has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for “services to engineering and to women in engineering both in the UK and abroad”.
Noise Bill read
A Private Members Bill on vehicle noise has passed its first reading in Parliament.
North Yorkshire activists are to judicially review North Yorkshire’s go ahead for fracking at Kirby Misperton. They claim environmental impacts were not fully assessed in the decision making process.
Badgers freaked out by wind turbines
Wind turbines stress out badgers, London researchers believe.
Brian May clobbered with costs
Queen guitarist Brian May won £25,000 damages for noise nuisance – but has had his claim
Small heart risk uncovered in Germany
German researchers suggest that aircraft and other transport noise can increase the risk of heart attacks.
Noise prompts mental health issues
German researchers also believe aircraft noise can prompt mental health issues. findings were part of the larger Norah (Noise-Related Annoyance, Cognition, and Health) study.
Residents have complained that idling railway engines cause noise and air quality problems in Reading.
Huge social cost
A study suggests the social cost of noise in France amounts to €57bn a year.
Loud noise has cost a Bournemouth resident nearly £2,000.
London’s first “Quietway” route benefitting walking and cycling between Greenwich and Waterloo now open.It runs 9km along traffic-free paths and quieter backstreets.
A huge EU project on quieter oceans has come to a close.
Council’s health concerns rejected
Experts managed to persuade the inquiry inspector that there was sufficient uncertainty about health impacts (as opposed to amenity issues) that they should be disregarded.
George Tavern battle succeeds
East End pub landlady Pauline Forster has succeeded in overturning plans for a block of flats next to her pub. The original case hinged on noise arguments – she fears future occupants may complain about noise – but those arguments were once again rejected in this appeal, which succeeded on other grounds.
Westminster firework debate
Firework noise has been debated in Parliament by Westminster MPs.
Over summer weekends, noise officers from Herefordshire Council’s environmental protection team will be out and about on Friday and Saturday nights as part of the second Herefordshire summer noise awareness campaign.
A couple have been fined more than £2,400 for ignoring a noise abatement notice issued by Sheffield City Council’s environmental protection service.
A Brighton landlord has been told by planning appeal inspectors to cease letting a family home to students. It is the second case involving planning controls on houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) in the town in as many months.
EU quiet areas uncovered
There is increasing recognition of the importance of protecting quiet areas in the countryside to protect nature and let people escape the din of urban life. Lisa Russell looks at a new report into these havens unaffected by noise pollution.
How would a Brexit affect Euro policies such as mapping?
Of course no-one yet knows what will happen post-Brexit in relation to UK involvement in European environmental initiatives.
Commission red tape review progresses
The European Commission is progressing with its better regulation review which “could save up to €50 billion”
When noise just gets too much
Yet another murder has been committed in response to a noise-related neighbour dispute. Lis Stedman scours the sobering headlines
June 2016 headlines
Another MUGA in High Court
Sports ground noise has once again been discussed ad nauseam in the High Court.
Thames corkscrew ok’d despite challenge
A ‘green energy’ Archimedes screw at Teddington Lock on the Thames has survived a High Court challenge on noise and other grounds.
North Yorkshire County Council has given the go ahead for fracking test well in Kirby Misperton.
Incoming London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he will consider changes to uncontrolled office-to-residential developments.
Barriers okay for air
A study suggests solid noise barriers do not worsen air quality on the road – contradicting many arguments that suggest noise barriers worsen dispersion of toxic pollutants so increasing drivers’ exposure.
Harlow targets town bikers
Harlow Council and the police have introduced an injunction to ban nuisance motorcyclists in the town.
Wiltshire noise curbs ‘unreasonable’
A planning appeal inspector has found against Wiltshire Council claiming it behaved unreasonably in handling noise issues for a small manufacturer. Wiltshire was deemed to have caused unnecessary and wasted expenses and thus must pay the costs of the applicant.
Leeds gets tough
A tenant has been evicted from a council property in East Ardsley due to anti-social behaviour.
Tenant wins Mayfair battle
A high class art gallery in Mayfair has won compensation in a High Court landlord v tenant battle.
An ongoing battle to win approval for a housing estate near Stone, Staffordshire has failed again.
Environmentalists have set out the case for remaining in Europe next week.
The ‘depth’ of wind turbine amplitude modulation is more important than its frequency, researchers suggest.
Noise helps air
Methodologies developed for noise have been used to monetise the wider benefits of improving air quality.
Airbnb set up noise hotline
Neighbours can now complain to Airbnb about noise from short-let tenants.
Regulator needed for flightpath changes
Westminster Parliament has been discussing flightpath noise again – but this time north of the border.
US suffers similar flightpath problems
A US Congressman is attempting to steer a Bill through congress to mitigate noise from aircraft flightpaths.
The owner of a motocross course has been fined for breaching a noise notice.
EU citizens content
“Generally speaking, please tell me if you are very satisfied, rather satisfied, rather unsatisfied or not at all satisfied with the quality of the air and the noise level in your city?” inhabitants of 83 European cities were asked in 2015. Results show significant disparities between capital cities in the European Union (EU), with levels of satisfaction regarding air quality ranging from 22% to 88% and for noise levels from 31% to 82%.
Heathrow makes more pledges
Heathrow Airport has responded to the Airports Commission with a series of commitments designed to persuade government to let it build a third runway. Lisa Russell reports.
Automating festival checks
A system newly introduced to the UK simplifies the identification of the sources of bothersome levels of noise in complex situations such as multi-stage concerts or the entertainment districts of cities. Lisa Russell reports.
A week of noise action.....
By the skin of its teeth, Noise Action Week has survived another year on a threadbare budget with participants being whittled away by austerity. But imagination and enthusiasm won the day, finds Lis Stedman
May 2016 headlines
Road compensation argued
A group of householders have been to the High Tribunal Court to argue for compensation for increased road noise following completion of a new road.
Noise retained in framework measure
Noise indicators have been retained in the Public Health Outcomes Framework. There had been fears that noise could be removed as part of a streamlining consultation (Noise Bulletin October 2015 p4).
Australia has launched a government pro
Coach depot silenced at appeal
Noisy bus and coach engines can be silenced by a local authority, a High Court appeal has suggested.
Flouting a noise abatement notice has cost a Roysto
Wigan noise up
Wigan Council has recorded an increase in noise complaints.
Noise impacts on neonatal skills
A noisy environment can affect a baby’s tactile skills.
Huntingdon pub noise monitor rejected
A planning condition requiring a pub to monitor noise has been overturned.
Vanguardia automates concert control
Entertainment noise specialist Vanguardia is to market the MeTrao tool aimed at managing noise at live events
MPs focus on significance
A long debate in the House of Commons has focussed on the significance of noise effects.
Yes to Heathrow
MPs on the Commons Transport Committee have told the Government to go ahead with expansion at Heathrow Airport.
Low frequency rumble detector
A device claims it can detect low frequency noise and help reduce adverse health impacts via a linked smartphone app and sensor.
Six day respite
A six day respite from aviation noise near Heathrow made no difference to hospital admissions.
Incoming London mayor Sadiq Khan has reversed previous mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to object to releasing land to allow London’s City Airport to expand.
A Bavarian high court has confirmed that turbines cannot be built less than ten times their height away from houses
Noise Action week looms
Noise Action Week 2016 is imminent – 23rd-28th May. Promoted by Environmental Protection UK, themes this year include live music, talking to tenants and sounding out students.
A Lincolnshire wind turbine has been refused at appeal.
MAS Environmental has launched an online wind farm noise annoyance study.
A CIEH Wales conference has been told that cuts to environmental health budgets have been necessary to protect front line NHS spending.
Fracking discussed in Glasgow
Acoustic experts gathered in Glasgow last month to hear about noise impacts of fracking.
Car cruising injunction upheld at High Court
An injunction put in place by West Midlands authorities is enforceable, the High Court has ruled.
A noisy wind turbine in Northern Ireland will only be operated in working hours to reduce nuisance.
A long debate in the House of Commons saw MPs complaining about aviation noise from airports around the UK including Heathrow, Gatwick and Belfast.
Den Brook again
Arguments continue to rage over the much disputed Den Brook Wind Farm in Devon (NB Dec 2014 p4).
Aussie FoI’s wind
Australian’s have used Freedom of Information laws to reveal that the Queensland Government has ignored expert noise advice on wind turbines. Protesters claim the Government’s own advisor told it:
Low frequency low down (at last!)
Years after completion, Defra has released a suppressed research report on how self help could be used to deal with tricky low frequency noise complaints. Lis Stedman reports
Runway woes rumble on
This is set to be an important year for determining how aircraft noise is addressed in the UK – and not only because of the possible decision about a new runway in the south-east of England. Lisa Russell reports.
April 2016 headlines
Injunction for helicopter noise
The High Court has agreed to the use of an injunction to reduce excessive noise from Denham Aerodrome in Buckinghamshire.
Welsh air quality guidance pulls in noise
Welsh Government has released ‘interim’ policy guidance for local air quality management with strong warnings that noise must be considered.
An attempt has been made to introduce a legal ‘speed and noise limit’ for the HS2 high speed line between London and the West Midlands.
IoA: 40 years
IoA has published its history of ‘the first 40 years’.
Sharps Acoustics is changing its name to Sharps Gayler.
A Feltham resident who made his neighbours’ lives a misery with loud music has been ordered to pay more than £2,250 following court
Southwark Council has taken action against a Camberwell-based church following floods of complaints from residents about persistent and excessive noise from almost daily church services – sometimes as early as 3am.
New dual-speed standards are being introduced for train warning horns.
Night tube noise
London mayoral hopeful Murad Qureshi has warned that the proposed 24-hour tube service could lead to noise and vibration complaints.
The Environment Agency has updated guidance on information requirements for permit applications that include computer modelling or spreadsheet calculations.
Office to resi rules change
Government has listened to increasing warnings that allowing conversion of commercial property into flats without planning permission risks noise disputes.
Rural flights more intrusive
A new Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (Gacc) research study finds that the Airports Commission, and Gatwick Airport in its adverts, have underestimated the noise impact on rural communities that surround Gatwick.
‘Independent’ commission says Heathrow OK
A report from the Independent Transport Commission says expansion at Heathrow is possible without jeopardising noise and air quality limits.
Mayor warns of noise costs of expansion
The London Major says that a TfL spells out the ‘astonishing cost’ public health impacts of an expanded Heathrow Airport. He once again pushed forward the need for a Thames Estuary airport to reduce aviation noise impacts over London.
Airspace change process up for grabs
Local communities affected by aircraft noise, and the aviation community, are encouraged to respond to a new CAA consultation.
Wales is adopting 43 national indicators.
MUGA sinks Newark homes
Noise from a sports ground has prompted refusal at appeal for a 91-home development near Newark.
Noise fears dismissed in housing approval
A proposed new housing estate in Berwick can go ahead, an appeal inspector has said.
Researchers warn that fracking can have short term impacts
Researchers believe that fracking wells worsen noise.
The findings are contained in the NERC-funded ReFINE (Researching Fracking in Europe) consortium led by Newcastle and Durham Universities.
Four local authorities – Richmond, Wandsworth, Hillingdon and the Windsor and Maidenhead – are threatening to take the Government to court unless it drops plans for a third runway at Heathrow.
East Northamptonshire Council believes it is one of the first local authorities in the UK to successfully apply for a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) after a conviction for breach of a noise abatement notice.
Quiet areas: some progress
While quiet area policy has largely stalled in England, Lis Stedman analyses how quiet areas are progressing in Northern Ireland.
Fracking impacts unpicked at inquiry
The potential noise impact from fracking has been under scrutiny at a public inquiry in Lancashire. Lisa Russell reports.
March 2016 headlines
Guidance soon for housing?
Three bodies have joined together to plug the guidance gap on noise in new residential developments.
Crawley recreates PPG24 in local plan
Crawley has defined SOAELs and NOAELs and ‘rebuilt’ PPG24 in its newly adopted local plan. Failure by Defra to provide a policy lead on noise levels is pushing local authorities to make up their own guidance.
Back to court
A ‘bad neighbour’ development of new housing next to a pub is set to return to court.
Cole Jarman has opened a new regional office in Manchester. It be headed up by Matthew Heyes.
Defra has released its five year plan and strategy to 2020.
Clay pigeon appeal fails
The High Court has upheld a council decision to allow clay pigeon shooting to continue in a field near Gloucester without tight conditions.
Unbundle airspace and runway plans
A consortium of aviation protest groups have come together to demand Prime Minister David Cameron imposes a moratorium on future airspace changes.
Gatwick landings scrutinised
A furore over changes to landing patterns at Gatwick Airport led to the commissioning of an independent report into arrival flights. It includes a recommendation for aircraft dispersal rather than concentration as is often proposed in recent airspace reviews.
Residents some distance from Gatwick have seen large increases in overflights following changes in flight paths. They argue that there are significant impacts which have not been properly considered and are seeking a Judicial Review of the changes.
Fracking firm Cuadrilla’s appeal against refusal for fracking near Blackpool is underway.
Transport for London air quality cash will be used to build a noise barrier in the East End of London.
A resident has been found guilty on three counts of breaching an abatement notice at Bexley Magistrates Court.
Monitoring costs council £60k
A public meeting has revealed that North Devon Council has had to pay over £60,000 to monitor a noisy wind farm near Barnstaple.
Fullabrook noise is ‘explained away’
The controversial Fullabrook wind farm now appears to comply with noise conditions.
Durham houses dismissed due to noise fears
A housing development in Bishop Auckland has been refused due fears that incoming residents might complain about existing industrial noise.
The Government will devolve the power to extend Sunday trading hours to local areas following a consultation.
A decade of dog barking problems has resulted in a court fine for an Ashford (Kent) resident.
MP Ruth Cadbury tabled a Parliamentary Question: “whether the Government has used the methodology in his Department's WebTAG guidance to assess the annual cost of aircraft noise on health in the UK each year”.
Noise makes you fat?
Danish researchers believe that exposure to traffic noise could lead to an increased risk of becoming fat.
Dose-response distorted by air quality
Canadian researchers carried out interviews amongst 600 residents and have found that noise annoyance can be distorted by air quality.
Noise linked to mental health problems
German researchers have uncovered a link between noise and mental health.
Action week 2016
Modest funding has been found to repeat Noise Action Week in 2016. It will take place between May 23rd and 28th.l www.noiseactionweek.org.uk
Consultation closes soon on a public survey intended to inform the future of the EU noise directive.
DCLG is consulting on technical changes to the planning regime.
MP David Davis has introduced a ten minute rule Bill into Parliament dealing with wind turbines.
January/February 2016 Issue 99
Report clear-out reveals SOAELs
Defra has cleared out a backlog of important research reports.
Desperate councils seek guidance
Two councils unable to use nuisance legislation to silence wind turbines have appealed to the Government for guidance.
Government has confirmed the widely expected decision not to decide on a third runway at Heathrow for a further six months (Noise Bulletin December p3).
Europe has reached the public
consultation stage as it ponders the future of the
European Noise Directive.
l The survey can be viewed on http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/noise_2015_en.htm
New TAG: don’t count tranquillity
A new Transport Analysis Guidance (WebTAG) module has been updated to incorporate Defra-released guidance on the valuation of transport-related noise, covering a range of different impact pathways and transport modes.
The owner of a hotel in Oxfordshire has been fined £1,500 after breaching an abatement notice which had been issued following complaints about noise from clay pigeon shooting.
£1000 dog fine
A Towcester dog owner has been fined for a third time after ignoring official notices to stop his dogs barking and causing a nuisance to his neighbours.
5dbA below background too loud
A high profile ‘emergency’ generating station in Bristol has been refused planning permission mainly on air quality grounds – but noise considerations contributed to the refusal.
A nuisance property in Kingsdown, Bristol has been closed down due to “excessive noise” and antisocial behaviour nuisance.
Rochford District Council successfully prosecuted a Rochford resident after complaints from neighbours regarding a breach of a noise abatement notice served under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in relation to cockerels kept at the property.
Turbines overturned at appeal
The High Court has reversed planning permission – and at appeal – for two small wind turbines in Denbighshire.
Electric leisure boats protect quiet areas
Danish boatmaker RAND Boats has unveiled its latest quiet electric picnic boats.
Health not considered
Government aviation policy fails to properly consider health effects of noise, a new report suggests.
Government is now consulting on making it easier to pack more affordable homes onto urban brownfield sites (Noise Bulletin November 2015 p1).
A decision to amend Gatwick flightpaths is to be scrutinised in the Appeal Court.
Airspace changes considered unfair
An independent report has criticised the CAA on flight path changes.
Low cost noise barrier trialled in Norway
Aluminium panels are to be fixed below standard metal crash barriers to partially reduce noise. The panels must flex – such crash barriers are designed to yield on impact to absorb energy from an out-of-control vehicle.
Noise attitudes revamped
Successful piloting of a new format for the regular noise attitude surveys is opening the way for more topical questions on issues such as entertainment. Lisa Russell reports.
More attitudes uncovered
Lis Stedman looks at a second study on noise attitudes as Defra has a clear out of reports intended to further our understanding noise
December 2015 Issue 98
Wales warns on lack of LOAELs
Planners in Wales have been reminded by ministers that NEC bands in its TAN11 planning guidance remain in force and are necessary.
Noise arguments have been heard at an inquiry into plans to increase capacity of the M4 motorway between J3-12 west of London.
M1 housing appeal probes sealed windows
Noise and air pollution from the M1 motorway will dominate discussions at a forthcoming planning appeal near Northampton.
Heathrow back in the balance
As Noise Bulletin went to press, it appeared that a decision on Heathrow expansion is once again set to be delayed.
Magistrates at Bexley have told former company director, Paul John Moran, to pay over £11,000 for his part in persistently flouting noise abatement notices while he owned The Bank restaurant.
A design contract worth up to £2 million has been awarded to WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to trial six shortlisted ‘innovative’ noise barriers.
Anglesey and Brighton win
Two local authorities have won John Connell Awards for good practice. Anglesey Council and Brighton were both cited by the Noise Abatement Society at last month’s ceremony.
Northern Ireland environment minister Mark Durkan called for views on options for an independent environmental protection agency.
Finnish wind farm protesters have released a report claiming that turbines create infrasound.
School design guide
The Institute of Acoustics and the Association of Noise Consultants have jointly published a new design guide for the acoustics of schools.
Fracking called in
Fracking in Lancashire is to be decided by Westminster – not local planners.
Vanguardia get Turner
Former Defra noise lead Stephen Turner has taken on a part-time non-executive director role with Vanguardia Consulting.
Nuisance action drags on
An ongoing ‘noisy neighbour’ nuisance action against a wind turbine drags on years after a notice was served.
The CAA has approved major changes to the airspace in the South East proposed by NATS as part of the ‘London Airspace Management Programme’ (LAMP). The decision is the first major development as part of the ‘future airspace strategy’ (FAS) which aims to create more capacity.
Luton rapped over airport noise
Luton Borough Council has been criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman for failures on dealing with Luton Airport noise.
Warwick criticised on stairlift
Warwick District Council has been criticised by the Local Authority Ombudsman for failing to properly handle a DIY noise complaint.
Night team cut
Another night time noise service has been scrapped.
Pubs v. people: the battle continues
Balancing the rights of nightclub owners and incoming neighbours looks set to become an increasingly thorny topic. Lisa Russell considers the potential issues
Turbine thumping: a counter view
The report of a group of experts gathered to counter the ‘establishment’ IoA wind turbine working group was never going to prove comfortable reading. And so it proved, finds Lis Stedman
House sale problem
Noise has been found to be a ‘dealbreaker’ that could scupper a house sale.
November 2015 Issue 97
Mayor pushes nightclub change
Moves are afoot in London to try to solve the problem of incoming residents complaining about existing noise from nightclubs. The London Mayor wants to introduce an ‘agent of change’ principle.
Track approved despite court win
Planning permission for a noisy Cumbrian rally car test track has been endorsed by High Court judges – but only after noise conditions had to be re-written with costs awarded against Allerdale Council for failing to properly consider noise.
Permitted development rights (PDR) have been made permanent following a three year trial.
A clause in the proposed Housing Bill will see automatic planning consent for residential development on brownfield land in a bid to boost housing starts.
Welsh Government has set out thinking behind the next round of mapping.
The Environmental Audit Committee is holding an inquiry to assess the extent to which EU environmental objectives and policies have succeeded in tackling environmental issues in the UK.
Noise policy ‘woeful’ says IoA
The impact of noise has been “woefully underestimated”, the Institute of Acoustics has told the Government.
Davies noise points challenged
Four councils have jointly released a report criticising assumptions made in the recent Airports Commission recommendation to expand Heathrow Airport.
MPs analyse Heathrow ‘envelope’
The Environment Audit Committee is investigating arguments for expanding Heathrow.
More, bigger, lower, concludes PA report
PA Consulting has been brought in to analyse problems with Heathrow plane routings. Trials of new routes led to an unexpected high number of complaints.
Former Airports Commission chairman Howard Davies has rebutted criticism over his Heathrow recommendations.
News from the IoA’s autumn conference held in Harrogate
Noise benefits double
£50m has been earmarked to tackle noise over the next five years – and new Webtag assessment guidance has doubled the benefits of treating road noise hotspots.
SOAELs and NOAELs defined?
The Noise Policy Statement for England sets out noise policy in England in terms of LOAELs and SOAELs (low and significant observed adverse effect levels) – but failed to say what the numbers are.
Harry Jones of the University of Southampton suggested that railway noise may be more of a problem than previously thought.
Perkins updates IoA on Decc contract
Richard Perkins of Parsons Brinckerhoff updated the IoA conference on the latest on research into wind turbine amplitude modulation. Wind turbines featured for over a quarter of the entire autumn conference agenda.
Mapping: work in progress
The latest review of the Environmental Noise Directive has found that its introduction has been worthwhile but that there is still work to be done to reap all the benefits. Lisa Russell reports.
Quiet areas and the directive
Very few quiet areas have yet been designated in Europe. Nevertheless, a lot of groundwork has been carried out between the two rounds to define what constitutes a quiet area, develop selection criteria and – in the case of a few member states – produce good practice guidance.
Quiet areas and tranquillity
Quiet area planning gets a boost as ‘maps’ (now in the form of freely available data) become more versatile, Lis Stedman reports
October 2015 Issue 96
Camden club wins flats battle
A Camden nightclub has succeeded in a High Court battle to prevent a nearby development of flats.
AM: yet another study awarded
Another contract has been let to try and end planning disputes on wind turbines.
A Ministry of Justice consultation sets out how costs can be capped in environmental trials.
Decc has set out further reporting mechanisms to identify planning authorities that take too long to determine fracking applications, which may have noise impacts.
EU Directive reviewed
Preliminary thoughts have been released on EU noise policies.
Davies disappointed on noise commission
Airports Commission chair Sir Howard Davies has expressed disappointment that plans for a noise commission have been ignored.
Kieran Gaynor has joined Doug Sharps and Ian Sharps at Sharps Acoustics.
Northern Ireland has released a new Strategic Planning Policy Statement for Northern Ireland ?Planning for Sustainable Development? (SPPS). It includes an effective presumption against fracking, which has prompted noise concerns on mainland UK.
Stansted Airport is proposing new departure routes to cut noise impacts.
The Mayor believes that many of the noise assumptions of the Airports Commission were flawed.
Daniel Baker of consultant MAS Environmental has been awarded the CIEH President?s ?Junior Researcher of the Year Award 2015? for his paper entitled ?Application of noise guidance to the assessment of industrial noise with character on residential dwellings in the UK?
Extrium viewer for English maps
England has a new viewer for round two noise maps.
Defra has published a guide to strategic noise map data.
Surge in road noise needs action
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says action is needed to tackle a ?surge? in road noise.
Top ten London
CPRE has also used its new map to rank worsening of noise in London green spaces.
Welsh Government?s has released a new Natural Resources Policy Statement which contains many mentions of noise and some mention of tranquillity.
Navitus Bay offshore turbines canned
The huge Navitus Bay offshore wind farm has been turned down by the Government.
Noise indicators reviewed
The Department of Health has consulted on updating the Public Health Outcome Framework (PHOF). Views were gathered on all 200+ indicators, including noise.
NI consults on quiet areas
Northern Ireland is consulting on designation of quiet areas. Just five are outlined.
London aviation noise rises in 2014
A rise in the number of aircraft in 2014 led to increasing noise from some of the three main London airports, official statistics reveal.
More from Euronoise!
In the second part of our report from the huge Euronoise conference, we look at the myriad of topics discussed during the summer event. Here, many uncertainties still surround the health impacts of transport noise and new research seeks to fill the gaps.
Aug/Sept 2015 Issue 95
Fast track fracking – or else
Ministers are to fast track fracking applications by obliging planning authorities to hurry up.
Motocross challenge fails in Surrey
A judicial review against planning permission for a motocross track in Surrey has failed.
Noisy supercars in Knightsbridge are to be controlled via a Public Space Protection Order.
Fenland Tigers back in court
The landmark Fenland Tigers motocross noise nuisance case has once again been in the Supreme Court – this time about costs.
Bad neighbour judicial review fails
A pub has failed in its bid to see off a housing development fearing future complaints.
MPs launch Heathrow probe
The Environmental Audit Committee is holding an inquiry into the implications for Government commitments on carbon emissions, air quality and noise should the Airport Commission’s recommendation of a third runway at Heathrow Airport be adopted.
Heathrow is to trial a steeper landing approach as part of a ‘ten point blueprint’ for noise reduction to cut noise.
The Welsh Government is urging community groups and third sector organisations to bid for small scale project funding (£1,000 to £15,000), including projects to tackle noise and air pollution and create tranquil green spaces.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has successfully prosecuted a Greenwich husband and wife for causing an on-going noise nuisance.
CPRE says the decision to expand Heathrow is flawed and threatens tranquillity over a wide area of south east England.
Not a mention
Defra’s annual report has been released. Noise and nuisance are not mentioned once.
‘Independent’ reports released
The first three reports from the ‘independent’ amplitude modulation wind turbine working group have been published.
Bill to force nuisance liability on turbines
MP David Davis wants to make onshore wind turbine operators liable for noise complaints in a Private Member’s Bill.
Just turn it on.....
NTi Audio’s XL2 Sound Level Meter has a newly-available “locked run” mode of operation.
A consultation is underway on Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea proposals that would reduce the permitted number of hours noisy construction work can take place in the borough during the week, and prohibit noisy work on Saturdays. This would mean that contractors would no longer be able to carry out demolition work, piling or drilling, which are audible at the site boundary, on the weekend.
IoA probe flawed?
The anti-wind Renewable Energy Foundation has criticised the Institute of Acoustics consultation on amplitude modulation (Noise Bulletin May p1).
Noise complaint indicators released: patchy map
Defra has released a compendium of environmental indicators. Noise complaints – based on CIEH surveys – appear static but a regional breakdown is shown.
Legislation enabling a new European common mapping method has come into force. Directive 2015/996 replaces Annex II of 2002/49/EC and follows on from the CNOSSUS scrutiny of common mapping methods.
Noise and air independent
It is known that noise and air quality exposure both contribute to ill health effects but it is very hard to tease out differences because exposure maps look very similar for both pollutants. There is a large risk of confounding.
Europeans talk noise
Euronoise gave the opportunity for noise policy to be put into both a European and wider context through presentations on latest developments in topics including the END and the WHO guidelines.
Policy lessons from the noise-aware Dutch
Euronoise delegates heard about projects under way in the Netherlands to take forward a new noise mitigation programme that combines noise-reducing pavements, noise barriers and insulation of houses along existing routes.
Aircraft annoyance compared
A session on airport noise and its management produced some topical papers – ISVR’s Ian Flindell presented on two issues, with Rod Self, Antonio Torija and Athanasios Synodinos on estimating variation in community noise due to variation in aircraft operations, and with Paul Le Masurier on a combined qualitative/quantitative approach to the design of noise annoyance studies.
July 2015 issue 94
Planning guidance takes shape
New professional planning guidance (dubbed ProPG) being mooted by acousticians could be based on four acoustic levels - but it must not be confused with scrapped PPG24 noise planning policy guidance
Railway to be served nuisance notice
Stirling Council is stepping up action against railway operators for noise near Alloa.
As NB went to press, the Chancellor removed the need for planning permission on brownfield land.The implications of unregulated residential development in noisy urban areas will be of concern.
Two fracking wells in Lancashire have been refused on noise grounds despite officers recommending approval.
Fight goes on
Protesters say the Airports Commission decision in favour of Heathrow is far from the end of the story. Heathrow has been chosen despite huge noise impacts.
Par houses okay
A planning inspector has overturned Cornwall Council's refusal of 44 homes next to a China Clay works and railway line in Par.
London noise lifts stroke risk
London researchers believe that there is evidence - albeit weak - that noisy traffic reduces life expectancy.
Notice withdrawn for dog noise
Thanet District Council has withdrawn a noise abatement notice following claims that the notice was incorrectly served and evidence had been tampered with.
US noise costs $4bn
A study suggests a 5dBA reduction in ambient noise could cut £4bn in health costs.
Turbine impacts understated
A retrospective study of ten wind farms has found that noise impacts can be underestimated at the planning stage.
Offshore guide gone?
A good practice guide originally aimed at noise from offshore turbines could be dropped by the Institute of Acoustics following misuse.
HS2 go ahead
The incoming majority Conservative Government has confirmed that HS2 is to go ahead. HS2 includes considerable spending on noise mitigation.
Hotel refused on appeal
An Ilford hostel has been told it cannot convert into a hotel because of noise from a nearby nightclub.
MUGA appeal fails in Sussex
A High Court challenge to the relaxation of noise conditions
Winner of last months ANC awards environmental category was consultant Hoare Lea for work on numerical environmental noise monitoring.
A Devon wood waste company has been fined £20,000 for failing to deal with noise pollution.
Birmingham County Court has given a custodial sentence of 20 weeks to a city council housing tenant for continuously breaching his anti-social behaviour order, originally served for causing noise and nuisance to his neighbours.
Wind turbine commission suggests noise
The Australian Senate select committee on wind turbines has issued an interim report recommending a formal probe on noise health impacts.
Racetrack moves to judicial review
Planning approval to allow a country house estate to build a new racetrack in its grounds have gone to Judicial Review.
Model aircraft noise monitored by Svantek
Svantek has supplied a compact, lightweight SVAN 971 sound level meter to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) where it is being used to help assist clubs with environmental noise related issues and to ensure the long-term protection of model aircraft flying sites.
Subsidy cut and plannng becomes local
Wind farms are to have their subsidy cut. and local plannng authorities can now object
NI Etsu probe?
A Parliamentary Question in Northern Ireland suggests doubt on the future of Etsu for assessing wind turbines.
NI Etsu probe?
A Parliamentary Question in Northern Ireland suggests doubt on the future of Etsu for assessing wind turbines.
Noise no bar to Heathrow growth
Overwhelming noise and air quality disbenefits from expansion at Heathrow have been trumped by the economic arguments, finds Lis Stedman
Commission releases noise and health effects review
Along with the general conclusions of the main report, the Airports Commission released a thinkpiece on aircraft noise and health compiled by Charlotte Clark of Queen Mary's London.
Fracking noise gets political
Noise was a key factor in Lancashire County Council's recent refusal of applications involving shale gas extraction by fracking. Lisa Russell looks at the issues involved.
June 2015 issue 93
Theme park ‘not annoying
An urban extension in Cornwall is set to go ahead despite objections from Flambards theme park which fears that screaming tourists would give rise to complaints from occupants of new houses.
RES put on ‘notice’ over Den Brook
Protesters have ‘served notice’ on Den Brook wind farm developer RES that they will continuously monitor excess noise if the farm is built.
Stop Press: as NB went to press noise objections to fracking in Lancashire appear to have been overcome.
FAA revisits aviation annoyance onset
The US FAA has launched a major study looking at possible changes in the impact of aviation noise and annoyance.
Heathrow appeal underway
Heathrow Airport is appealing against Hillingdon’s refusal to grant planning permission for limited expansion of the existing airport.
Flight path changes cause continued worry
Aviation pressure groups have come together to have a say in future flight path changes.
Acoustic camera updated
Norsonic has released new software for its Nor848a acoustic camera which is available in different size arrays. The camera dish comes in 0.4m, 1.0n and 1.6m diameter sizes.
CPRE renews tranquillity plea
CPRE has repeated its call for tranquillity in the face of continued threats to build new homes on green belt land. It has carried out a survey of authorities – very few councils have tranquillity plans in place.
Bunds to cut noise from Mallory Park
Bunds and noise fencing aim to cut 10dBA noise from Mallory Park race circuit in Leicestershire.
Open source model ready for beta testing
MAS Environmental is putting the finishing touches to a new website offering simple online noise modelling – free of charge.
Wind now local
The incoming government’s Queen’s Speech has signalled changes to onshore wind planning procedures through a new Energy Bill.
Legislation is being introduced to bring London into line with the rest of the country in terms of short term lets.
Consultant Sharps Redmore has three new members of staff this month, Lee Bearman, Emily Brown and Stephen Jay.
The John Connell awards will be repeated this year. The awards were paused in 2013 but ran last year.
AM model out
Software has been released to predict amplitude modulation from wind farms.
Environment Agency H3 Horizontal Noise Guidance has been updated to reflect the new version of BS4142.
An Arla megadairy near Aston Clinton, Bucks, has failed in its bid to overturn a planning condition to install a noise bund and replace it with trees.
Consultant Bickerdike Allen has once again won the Campbell Associates annual Acoustic Cup.
Welsh Government has announced a new approach for issuing grants to local authorities for air quality, noise and tranquil green space work.
Turbine talk in Glasgow
So much is happening on wind turbine noise that it supports popular international conferences. Jack Pease reports from last month’s busy Glasgow wind turbine noise conference.
US noise costed
A US study has suggested that a 5dB
reduction in ambient noise could yield an economic
benefit of $3.9bn.
Researchers tried out a ‘new’ approach to costing noise by placing environmental noise in context with other pollutants.
Down but not out
Noise Action Week was muted as austerity bites – but still some were able to summon up enthusiasm. Lis Stedman reports.
A Birmingham man who repeatedly breached noise abatement orders by playing his music loudly at his Handsworth home was found guilty in his absence of two offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.
May 2015 Issue 92
Three choices for AM
IoA wind turbine experts have put forward three methods for rating amplitude modulation from wind farms.
Lack of assessment detail prompts refusal
Lack of proper information on noise has contributed to refusal of an anaerobic digester at a pig farm in Duns, near Berwick.
Cotton Farm probe
The controversial Cotton Farm wind farm is to be investigated by a council.
£2,300 for noisy dogs
A woman who left her two dogs to bark so excessively that her neighbours felt like moving out of their home has been ordered to pay £2,320 after appearing before magistrates at Bury St Edmunds.
Defra guide to noise options
Defra has posted a guide aimed at explaining to the public how noise nuisance should be dealt with by local authorities.
NPL devises potential calibration method
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has developed an optical method for remotely measuring sound pressure inside a fully anechoic chamber which is the first to provide direct traceability to the SI base units.
Flight path frenzy prompts new forum
Heathrow Airport has set up a new community noise forum including representatives of the airport, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), National Air Traffic Control (NATS), British Airways, local authorities, community organisations and campaign groups.
County Kildare in Ireland is considering introducing a 1.7km separation zone for wind turbines.
CIEH chief executive Graham Jukes is to step down following 15 years at the organisation.
NI premises review
Northern Ireland is consulting on changes to entertainment licensing.
A King’s Heath resident has been fined £400 with £1700 in costs by Birmingham Magistrates Court.
Dan Saunders, previously with Bruel & Kjaer, has joined consultant Vanguardia.
A wind energy task force has
proposed taller turbines.
There are fears that yet-taller turbines would worsen noise impacts when there is wind at high levels but calm conditions at ground level reducing the masking effect of wind.
Clean bill of health?
A huge Canadian Federal Government study says there are annoyance impacts from wind turbines but doubtful evidence of direct health effects.
....yet another clean bill of health
Canadian medical experts have come to similar conclusions to the non-related large government study reported above. But experts say there may be some health effects resulting from turbine noise.
Election prompts demands
Noise campaigners representing different organisations came together to call on the next Government to take noise seriously.
Statutory notices plummet in CIEH survey
Local authorities are once again being asked to contribute to the annual CIEH survey of noise nuisance. Results feed into the Department of Health’s Public Health Outcome Indicator on noise – latest results show a sharp drop in numbers.
Noise action week looms
Noise Action Week 2015 is imminent – it runs from May 18th – 23rd.
Winds bids in
Tendering has closed for the Decc review of wind turbine amplitude modulation
Stop Stansted Expansion urged recent election candidates to support a ban on night flights at Stansted.
Complaints cost money
Experts know that it is far easier to avoid complaints in the first place – now following a freedom of information request some value has been put on the cost of dealing with them, finds Lis Stedman
Who complains, and where
An independent survey has tried to uncover the regional pattern of noise complaints, reports Lis Stedman
Short-let noise timebomb
Legislative changes and a recent court case about short-term letting have focused attention on the potential for neighbours to suffer from noise when holidaymakers party loudly. Lisa Russell looks at the issues involved with sub letting along the lines of AirBnB
April 2015 Issue 91
£109m a year for nuisance?
A nuisance complaint costs local authorities up to £7,500, a Defra report suggests.
Action week may help?
Noise Action Week says highlighting noise issues could save money in the long run.
Licensing cuts ASB
A controversial £500 per year landlord licensing scheme pioneered by the London Borough of Newham may have cut anti social behaviour.
Noise barriers shortlisted for M40
Six proposals have been shortlisted in the second phase of a competition to design and produce a cost effective, innovative noise barrier, Highways England has announced.
Mayor directs City Airport refusal
London Mayor Boris Johnson has blocked plans for expansion of London City Airport because of noise concerns.
1,150 ‘mitigations’ by 2020
Highways England has taken over from the Highways Agency. Highways England will work to a series of ‘operational metrics’ including noise and other environmental constraints.
Probe into AM runs late
Decc’s promised review of amplitude modulation appears to have stalled, it was revealed during Parliamentary questions
Noise remains a problem across Europe
Noise remains a problem across Europe, an important pan-EU state of the environment report suggests.
Cobbing to Arup
Colin Cobbing has joined the leadership team of Arup’s UK acoustics business.
Amended supporting guidance for licensing authorities on the late night levy has been published.
Dig the Moles
Svantek has launched the MOLES (Miniature Outdoor Logging of Environmental Sound) system.
Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, according to WHO.
Nuisance tested in High Court
The legal value of an environmental health officer’s opinion has been tested in the High Court.
Regulator could limit thwarting of fracking
Fracking will have local impacts – including noise – says an industry task force. It suggests there should be a shale gas regulator.
Entries are invited for 2015 Association of Noise Consultants Excellence in Acoustics awards.
Epuk and CIEH have written to communities secretary Eric Pickles with a Freedom of Information request, asking for evidence to support his statement that “Too many town halls have been over-zealous in trying to silence church bells and village clocks which have chimed for decades, if not centuries”.
Entertainment licensing has been further deregulated.
Military bangs sink log cabins
A leisure complex of 12 log cabins has been turned down at appeal because of excess noise from a military firing range. Holidaymakers would be exposed to too much noise and complaints could close down the facility.
Stansted flight fight
Pressure group Stop Stansted Expansion continues its fight against amended flight paths.
Inspector overturns refusal despite 30-fold traffic increase
A planning inspector appears to have understood the subtleties of low background noise, amenity and nuisance but then agreed plans for 114 homes despite extra traffic noise from a 30-fold increase in traffic in a quiet cul de sac.
New runways cause headaches
Feature: Responses published to Airports Commission runway plans near London
What value sleep?
A new report discusses how to put a value on five impacts caused by environmental noise from transport. Lisa Russell reports.
March 2015 issue 90
Sleep effects to be considered
A report has been quietly slipped out by Defra suggesting sleep disturbance must now be considered when considering environmental noise.
Northern Ireland seeks turbine review
Northern Ireland politicians say that noise assessment rules for wind turbines need reviewing.
UK Government has once again been asked in Parliament to reconsider Etsu. It replied: “The Government takes seriously the impact of noise from wind turbines. Potential noise impacts are considered within the planning process in accordance with ETSU-R-97, and taking into account any guidance on good or best practice that the Government has published or endorsed, before any decision is taken.
Block on fracking: decision delayed
Lancashire planners have delayed a milestone decision on fracking. Earlier this year noise was a key part of the decision of Fylde Borough Council to recommend rejection (Noise Bulletin Jan/Feb p1).
Cash-strapped organisers of Noise Action Week have turned to crowdfunding in a bid to fund this year’s activities.
Extra insulation for Heathrow
Just one day before consultation on airport expansion near London ended, Heathrow Airport has upped its offer to insulate homes where householders are bothered by aircraft noise. More generous grants may mean houses in south London could qualify.
CAA warns against ignoring noise nuisance
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has called on the aviation industry and decision-makers to be much more ambitious in confronting aviation’s environmental challenges – including improving compensation for communities – or else face the prospect that essential additional runway capacity may never be built.
MPs study aviation noise
MPs have scrutinised noise at Heathrow Airport. An all-party Parliamentary inquiry culminated in a 76 page report on problems and possible solutions to aviation noise.
Noise is the third most cost-effective area of regulation within Defra, a report suggests.
Scottish Government has studied the impact on the community of public processions. Some 67% have expressed annoyance over noise.
Noise and air
US researchers have tried to disentangle health effects of a busy freeway.
Average hides industry noise
A housing development has been approved at appeal with the consultant citing WHO guidelines which downplay industrial noise impacts.
Motorsport noise petition triggers response
A petition calling for waivers for motorsports venues against incoming complainers has drawn sufficient support to demand a government response.
For any local authorities hoping to take part in Noise Action Week and keen to tackle the issue of noisy off-road motorbikes,
WHO assessment underestimates
A study in an academic journal compares various assessment methods including World Health Organisation guidelines, BS8233 and BS4142. The findings reflect issues such as the planning case (see news, left) where experts play off metrics against each other.
Open source model promising
Air pollution modellers have used the open source (free) ‘R’ software to model noise exposure. They have found over one million people are exposed to noise over 65db.
Green walls can cut noise impacts by 15dBA
Spanish researchers used recycled boxes filled with coconut fibre, acting as ‘soil’ in a green wall intended to cut noise. They were all planted with Helichrysum thianschanicum, a popular shrub for gardening in the Mediterranean region, with an average height of 40 cm.
Den Brook fails High Court application
Den Brook protesters have been rebutted by the High Court. Protesters had sought permission to challenge the weakening of a planning condition intended to prevent amplitude modulation at a proposed wind farm (Noise Bulletin December p4).
Four year term
An elderly man has been given a four year prison sentence for stabbing a neighbour following an argument over noise.
Car cruise injunction arguments explained
Lawyers have analysed the High Court endorsement of an injunction issued by four Black Country councils against noisy car cruisers.
City airport agreed
Newham Council has agreed to grant planning permission to expand City Airport in East London.
New branding for Campbell Associates
Campbell Associates has rebranded – and announced the date of its popular annual charity fund raiser.
Noise Attitude Survey reveals decreasing tolerance
People are less tolerant of noise than they were in 2000 and many head off to quiet areas for a break. Lisa Russell looks at the implications of the newly published National Noise Attitude Survey 2012
Noise across Europe
The EEA’s eponymous report on noise in Europe 2014 throws up some interesting statistics, the most widely-reported being that around a quarter – about 125 million – Europeans could be exposed to levels of road traffic noise above legal guidelines.
January/February 2015 issue 89
Noise set to block fracking
High profile fracking operations near Blackpool may be thwarted because of noise.
Landlord is responsible for party house din
A court has dismissed an appeal against the Borough of Poole’s decision to issue a Noise Abatement Notice on a residential property in Sandbanks used as a party house.
As Noise Bulletin went to press, Defra released the long awaited Noise Attitude Survey.
Another turbine case hits the High Court
A High Court battle rumbles on and has growing parallels with the landmark Jane Davis/Deeping St Nicholas case (Noise Bulletin December 2011 p1).
‘Sensations’ linked to turbines
An in-depth study of residents’ ‘sensations’, monitoring data and turbine operational characteristics has uncovered possible causes of annoyance.
…while Canadian study fails to find effect
A study by Health Canada suggests there is no link between wind turbine noise and ill health.
No health effects, says review of reviews
An academic journal review of wind turbine noise suggests wind farms do not cause health effects due to infrasound.
Mary Stevens, formerly of Epuk, and Gwyn Mapp, formerly of Bureau Veritas, have jointly set up a noise policy website Noisewise.
A report for DfT has analysed public attitudes towards the compensation procedures and noise consultations for the HS2 high speed railway.
Northern Ireland’s dedicated noise
website has closed.
Consultation responses have been published following the Scottish review of the anti social behaviour noise regime. The noise provisions which came into force in 2005 introduced a fixed penalty notice for domestic noise offences for any part of the day or night.
Wind turbine consultant Dick Bowdler has tabled an analysis of key issues presented at wind turbine inquiries.
Compensation has been increased for those living near the line of the proposed HS2 high speed railway line between London and Birmingham.
Guidance tackles bad neighbours?
Important changes have been made to planning practice guidance on noise. Changes affect nuisance and planning.
Road and rail NPS released
Noise features in a new National Policy Statement for National Networks. The NPS sets out overarching planning policy for highways and rail infrastructure (but not HS2 which is being taken forward under a Hybrid Bill).
Noise becomes KPI in roads plan
Noise has been included as a key performance indicator in Highway England’s business plan.
Turbine group criticises Pickles bias
RenewableUK says a report by the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee, shows that Secretary of State Eric Pickles is picking on wind turbines.
M40 test bed
The Highways Agency says it is looking for new ideas for noise barriers. It will focus on the M40 near High Wycombe – where there has been a long standing campaign to reduce traffic noise (Noise Bulletin Oct 2013 p4).
Simon Needham has joined Atmos Consulting’s acoustics and noise team, headed up by principal consultant Emma Parsons, to meet a growing demand for assessment work, both as stand-alone projects and as integral parts of comprehensive planning applications and environmental chapters of formal EIAs.
A new open access journal specialising on noise mapping has been launched.
Patchy reporting across Europe
125 million Europeans could suffer from noise above recommended guidelines – but this could be an underestimate because of poor reporting.
Noise report prompts High Court showdown
Planning permission has been quashed by the High Court because a planning authority failed to make public a noise report.
Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) has been revised. It covers minimum performance standards for the acoustics of school buildings.
Huntingdonshire EHO Toby Lewis has joined consultant WSP.
Wind yield tool
A new modelling tool allows onshore wind developers to identify the best way for maximum energy output while fully complying with noise limitations.
Pressure builds on bad neighbour laws
The public seem baffled that a person can knowingly move next to a noisy business and then complain about it. Lis Stedman reports
Talking about thumping
Competing initiatives are under way in a bid to move forward the understanding and hence management of noise caused by amplitude modulation from wind turbines. Lisa Russell finds out whether there could be a consensus.
Dramatic reduction in amplitude modulation?
Acousticians at Hoare Lea were surprised by the extent of the reduction in AM that was achieved by alterations to the turbine blades at sites that were causing complaints.
December 2014 Issue 88
Roads plan cuts 1,150 hotspots
The Autumn Statement outlined Government plans to spend £15bn on new roads in England.
More details emerge on three runway options
The Airports Commission has released a more detailed appraisal of the three remaining runway options for South East England.
AM conditions: third study promised
The Government has finally caved in to pressure to investigate wind turbine amplitude modulation (unexpected thumping) and possible planning conditions.
Stop press: party house and landlord liability
As NB went to press, a magistrates court in Bournemouth ruled that landlords and agents (in this case of a party house in Sandbanks) are liable for noise nuisance from their tenants. More next month.
Following a petition, Scottish Government will prepare guidance on good practice community engagement methods for wind proposals.
The Cambridge three
Cambridge City Council has prosecuted three people for breaching abatement notices.
The German Federal Environment Agency has released advice on noise for schoolchildren, highlighting that one in eight have some form of hearing impairment.
Homes sunk due to noisy m’way
New housing next to the M6 motorway in Cheshire has been refused on noise grounds. Some of the homes were just metres from the busy motorway.
Mental health care home allowed
An appeal has thrown out suggestions that shouting from residents of a mental health hospital could be sufficient to refuse planning permission.
Railway nuisance action contemplated
Stirling Council says rail noise at Alloa amounts to a nuisance. But railways are generally exempt from nuisance enforcement.
Navel gaze looks forward
Defra has belatedly released a report mulling over what might or might not happen about noise in the future.
Office-to-home fears raised
The Mayor of London and planning bodies are arguing that technical changes to the planning system that will see an end to the ability of authorities to exempt themselves from permitted development right relaxations.
Ombudsman finds council needed an expert
The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman has told East Ayrshire Council that it should have got expert external help if it was unable to fully understand noise arguments on a wind turbine.
Crossrail – the sequel
Consultation has started on safeguarding land along the route of Crossrail 2.
Welsh Government has updated its Sound advice on noise leaflet to include advice on new anti social behaviour powers.
Sedgemoor gets tough
Police forced entry into a property in Bridgwater where there had been repeated complaints of excessive noise and breaches of an enforcement notice.
Fullabrook breaches limits
The Fullabrook wind farm is breaching noise limits at seven out of eight monitored locations.
Appeal against condition fails
Protesters have failed to overturn planning permission for a wind turbine on grounds including noise.
High Court confirms Den Brook condition can be amended
The High Court has agreed that a council can change noise
conditions on a wind farm despite them being imposed by a previous High Court
2013 air traffic rise leads to more noise
Rising aircraft numbers has led to a modelled increase in noise in 2013.
Stansted changes are not welcomed
Flightpath changes at Stansted have not been welcomed by locals.
Consultations have already prompted concessions from Heathrow which has offered an enhanced compensation package which includes an offer to buy homes in villages in close proximity to a new runway at 25% above unblighted market value
Housing & health
The usually regulation-shy US has released new healthy housing standards.
More barriers please
A report by environment and transport groups including the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Campaign for Better Transport is calling for £3bn to be invested over the next five years in a range of ‘green retrofit’ improvements for existing roads.
ANC’s proposed certification scheme
The ANC is considering introducing an optional certification scheme for its members, said Jonty Stewart of Wight Noise and Southampton Solent University, who chairs the ANC certification committee.
BS4142 is finalised
All 943 comments on the draft of the new BS4142 have been pored over and the standard is now out. Lisa Russell reports.
Midnight lawn mowing is now possible?
The Grass Group was present at the awards to further the cause of its interesting Infinipower mower, which is claimed to be virtually silent.
John Connells return to reward excellence
Back after a break last year, the Noise Abatement Society’s John Connell awards provide glitzy recognition of good work on noise. Lis Stedman reports
November 2014 issue 87
Rival group set up to fight AM
An independent expert group has been set up to form a workable planning condition and methodology to deal with wind turbine amplitude modulation.
New anti social powers kick in
New powers have come into force that provide additional powers to deal with anti social behaviour including noise.
As Noise Bulletin went to press, wind turbine amplitude modulation was back in the High Court.
Elmbridge Council in Surrey has won this year’s Noise Abatement Society John Connell local authority award.More details of winners and runners up next month.
WHO chime test
Church chimes have been spared despite busting WHO ‘limits’.
Cattle prompt housing refusal
Noise from a prized Aberdeen Angus cattle herd has contributed to a refusal for a 19 home development in Worcester.
A US hearing expert says those complaining of low frequency noise from wind turbines have been let down by acousticians and learned bodies.
Share good practice
Environmental Protection Scotland is currently creating a repository of ‘noise wins’, i.e. best practice and successful outcomes to noise problems.
Channel 4 plea
Channel 4 is making a pilot for a new series on dispute resolution. It is looking for people who are currently in dispute with a neighbour who may benefit from having their case looked at by a professional mediator and arbitrator (effectively a private court). Email email@example.com
Summers winter move
Steve Summers of Anderson Acoustics has joined growing consultancy Accon UK.
A woman has had her New Forest home repossessed and has been given a five-year Anti-social Behaviour Order (ASBO) after a catalogue of noise and abuse against her neighbours.
Detailed planning practice guidance for waste in England has been revised replacing PPS10.
IoA publishes AM group terms
The Institute of Acoustics has published the terms of reference and scope of work of its wind turbine amplitude modulation working group.
Government defends policy change
The Government has defended its recent policy change that has led to a number of wind farms being refused permission.
20m turbine notification
Scottish Government is consulting on improving good practice for neighbour notification for wind turbines.
Wales pollution staff suffer
Welsh local authorities’ ability to deal with noise and other local pollution has been disproportionately affected by cuts.
Arup is funding PhD research aimed at delivering a better understanding of noise related issues for airport stakeholders and affected communities, with one of the key outputs anticipated to be a noise illustration and communication toolkit.
Airbus, British Airways (BA), Heathrow Airport (LHR) and NATS have launched a partnership to study and develop operational procedures to reduce the number of people affected by noise at Heathrow.
END under review
The European Noise Directive is under review.
Amber Valley secures £5,000 dog fine
Amber Valley Borough Council has successfully brought a prosecution against a Heanor man who has continued to allow his dogs’ barking to be a nuisance to his neighbours.
Flight paths – concentrate so polluter pays
Consultant Gwyn Mapp says that concentrating aircraft flight paths should make it easier to apply the ‘polluter pays’ principal.
IEMA guidelines arrive at last
Our feature reviews and explores the new IEMA guidelines on noise assessment
This feature reviews busking noise and what local authorities and regulators are doing about nuisance
Free school need overrules noise
Noise objections against a proposed free school in Buckinghamshire have been overruled by the Secretary of State.
Aviation lobby mourns loss of PPG24
Aviation interests have warned that the withdrawal of PPG24 leaves a policy vacuum that is leading to housing developments in areas where aircraft noise may be annoying.
Tideway decision leans on NPSE
Noise impacts featured in the decision to approve the Thames Tideway wastewater tunnel in London.
Den Brook again
Den Brook wind farm is back in the High Court with local protester Mike Hulme judicially reviewing the local council’s decision to retrospectively weaken a planning condition limiting amplitude modulation.
Permittng Info requirements
Guidance has been updated by the Environment Agency to help applicants provide the necessary supporting data for noise impact assessment predictions to support industrial activities. The information sits alongside H3 horizontal guidance on noise.
Boris Island rejected
The Airports’ Commission last month rejected plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary. ‘Boris Island’ was promoted by the London Mayor mainly due to the noise benefits of a remote hub airport compared to an extra runway at Heathrow.
Bad neighbour objections to homes overuled
425 homes have been approved despite being near noisy industry.
Glasto checks on noise
Noise measurement specialist Richard Wilson of The Event Safety Shop used Cirrus equipment to monitor occupational noise levels at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival.
Alarm code = off
Regulations have been laid to repeal the official code of practice on burglar alarms as part of Government drive to cut red tape.
The latest report from business intelligence and market research firm Environment Analyst finds that the UK environmental consultancy sector expanded by 5.2% in 2013.
Private nuisance explored
A resident has been refused a protective costs order to enable a court action against a noise and dust nuisance for an opencast coal mine in Wales.
Landlord liability for nuisance tested
Further analysis of the recent costs decision in the Coventry v Lawrence speedway Supreme Court case (Noise Bulletin August/September p4) suggests the case may prove useful in setting out a landlord’s liability for noise nuisance from a tenant.
Northern Ireland adapts English policy
Northern Ireland has adopted a noise policy similar that used in England.
IEMA at last
IEMA guidelines on noise have been finally published – nearly 20 years after they were started! More on the Guidelines in Environmental Noise Impact Assessment next month.
Liverpool is the latest city to produce a code of practice for busking.
Make some noise
A publican’s body has launched the Make Some Noise campaign in a bid to fight nuisance actions which threaten the closure of noisy venues.
A new open access journal specialising on noise mapping has been launched.
Fullabrook: 2yrs and no data
Residents near Fullabrook wind farm are still awaiting results of noise monitoring over two years since turbines started operating prompting noise complaints (Noise Bulletin October 2012).
Shipdham: Leave noise to nuisance laws
Excess amplitude modulation from wind farms can be adequately dealt with through nuisance legislation, communities secretary Eric Pickles has said. But impact on tranquillity has helped sink a wind farm proposal.
Cornwall: No AM?condition – no permission
A wind turbine has been turned down because no amplitude modulation could be agreed.
Permission granted without AM condition
A wind farm has been approved by the Secretary of State despite causing excess noise for three households.
Last two notes
The final two supplementary guidance notes for the Institute of Acoustics’ good practice guide on wind turbine noise assessment have been published.
DG Environment is being amalgamated with other departments as part of the Juncker review of European governance.
The Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) believes that relaxing lorry speed limits will lead to more noise.
Epuk has boosted topics at its forthcoming conference to be held in Aston on the 16th October. Topics now include action on noise and health.
A project in Ireland has won the European Soundscape Award 2014 for its work on acoustic planning and urban sound design. The prize was presented by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Focus falls on aircraft tracks
A series of apparently technical consultations on where planes fly were not expected to cause controversy. But then people some distance from airports realised they might be badly affected, finds Lis Stedman
Guide to boost quiet areas
The recent publication of new guidance on quiet areas is helping local authorities around Europe gain fresh impetus in identifying and protecting them. Lisa Russell reports
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August/September 2014 issue 85
Experts ignore no-guidance plea
Experts have come together to produce planning guidance on noise – despite Government saying it does not welcome third party guidance.
Arsenal loses on appeal
Noise was at the forefront of a High Court planning appeal from Arsenal football club which is seeking to hold more pop concerts.
Kirklees cuts back
Kirklees Council is streamlining its noise complaint procedures.
It says increasing numbers of noise complaints were taking a long time to investigate and “did not consider the customer experience of the person complained about”.
Wetherspoon opts out
Discount pub giant Wetherspoon says it is to avoid paying late night levies by closing pubs early.
Ecohouse refused due to turbine
Planning permission for an ecohouse close to a wind turbine has been refused on appeal. The judgment centres on the dilemma of protecting amenity while allowing sustainable development.
IoA commence turbine thumping probe
The Institute of Acoustics has set up a group to look at wind turbine amplitude modulation.
Turbine approvals subside due to Pickles
CPRE has called for more planning guidance as it notes that turbine approvals have slumped by 20%. But it says that the approval rate has dropped only because so many are being called in by Communities Secretary Eric
Taylor confirms Govt input
Giving evidence to the Parliamentary High Speed Rail committee last month, noise expert Rupert Thornely-Taylor has confirmed Government was involved in putting numerical values on noise annoyance.
A survey by noise insulation firm Saint-Gobain Isover, suggests more than a quarter of UK homeowners say they suffer with noisy next-door neighbours, but fewer than half have attempted to resolve the problem themselves.
Villagers living next to the concreted section of the A417 in the Cotswolds have produced a report on the impact of the noisy road.
Wind notes out
Supplementary guidance notes on Etsu wind turbine assessment have been finalised by the Institute of Acoustics.
Martin Court has joined Sharps Redmore on a full time basis. He has previously led on noise at Tendring Council’s environmental health department.
Government has justified its extension of additional scrutiny powers for onshore windfarms.
A tenant of a Greenwich council flat in Woolwich, has been fined £800 for playing loud music. Following complaints from neighbours,
Straw bales have been used at the Ravenstonedale Festival in Cumbria to cut noise nuisance.
... as high tech barrier nears market
Sonobex, a newly formed technology spin-out from Loughborough University, has won funding from the Technology Strategy Board, to bring its SonoBarrier acoustic fences to market.
Fenland Tigers back in Supreme Court
The landmark Fenland Tigers motor sport noise case has been back in the Supreme Court.
Consultation on rolling forward the existing night flight regime at London airports has concluded with the Government agreeing to the move.
Dreamliner may be (genuinely) quieter
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been monitored and appears “significantly” quieter than planes such as the 767 and A330 that it will replace.
More planes less noise
Heathrow Airport says it has independently shown that a third runway would be quieter.
Indoor listening to outdoor sound
Simulations produced by acousticians at Arup have been used to give people along the planned High Speed Two (HS2) rail route an idea of how the trains will sound. Lisa Russell reports.
US lawsuits tackle noise
Americans are notoriously quick to use the courts. Lis Stedman finds out how US law deals with noise
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July 2014 issue 84
NPPG helps sink biogas bid
A biogas plant has been turned down on appeal because of traffic noise impacts.
Defra to go?
News is emerging that Defra’s noise team is to be halved from the current estimated six posts.
No mention of noise in research strategy
Defra has released its strategy for research. Noise, nuisance and amenity are not mentioned once.
GLA to stage ‘rescue’ of PPG24?
Further alterations to the London Plan will be discussed in front of an independent planning inspector on 1st September.
Hacan disputes Heathrow will be quieter
A future expanded Heathrow will not be quieter than now as the airport claims, says protest group Hacan in a new report.
In the shadow of Heathrow
Three videos have been chosen to share £15,000 of prize money for the best Heathrow anti-third runway film.
John Connell’s restart
Following a break in 2013, the John Connell noise awards will once again be revealed at Westminster on 5th November.
CAA health update
The CAA has produced a report to update findings of its 2013 aircraft noise and health report (Noise Bulletin March 2013 p6).
New homes standard?
BRE has unveiled plans to develop a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes that will allow developers go beyond minimum regulation and provide increased choice for the consumer.
LAeq’s v Lmax argued in court
Westminster has lost its bid to refuse noisy supermarket deliveries following a High Court challenge.
Pavement seating rejected in Judicial Review
Noise concerns were at the centre of a High Court dispute over permission given to a restaurant with pavement tables.
Arup scoops ANC award
Arup Acoustics’ work on the High Speed 2 – Sound Demonstrations (HS2) project has won the environmental acoustics award category of the Association of Noise Consultants’ (ANC) annual awards scheme.
Election winners announced by IoA
Monitor equipment expert William Egan (pictured right) takes up post as president of the Institute of Acoustics.
Four airports get B&K WebTrak
Manchester Airports Group has taken on a new Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System (ANOMS 9) from Bruel & Kjaer.
Nigel Burton has joined Bureau Veritas as technical director to lead the acoustics and vibration group in the London Bridge office.
Environmental Protection UK?is holding a student prize competition with £500 on offer for a winning paper on noise, air pollution or land
NATS is consulting on changing the use of existing departure routes from Stansted Airport.
Health discussed in Japan meeting
Lis Stedman reports from the ICBEN Noise and Health meeting held in?Japan
Noise Action Week
Despite the cuts, Lisa Russell finds innovation and determination among local authorities ensuring that Noise Action Week continues to get the message across.
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May 2014 issue 82
New nuisance powers
Powerful anti-noise nuisance possibilities within new antisocial behaviour powers are discussed in Parliament
Onshore wind freeze?
The Conservative Party has indicated that it will put a brake on onshore wind farm development.
Calm is the new preferred term for quiet
A European good practice guide on quiet areas suggests the term ‘calm’ is a better descriptor than quiet.
LFN found at Aussie windfarm
Internal measurements of wind turbine noise at an Australian windfarm suggest amplitude modulation (thumping) is present and may not be picked up by outdoor monitoring using recommended settings.
HS2 enters Hybrid Bill stage with new guide
The promoter of the High Speed 2 rail line from London to the north of England has released an information paper on noise. It includes definitions of LOAELS (lowest observed adverse effect level) and SOAELS (significant observed adverse effect levels) (Noise Bulletin December p1).
North Somerset Council has refused permission for a 33m tall turbine on noise grounds.
NPPF under scrutiny
MPs are to investigate the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework in its first two years of operation.
Exploration for onshore gas (essentially fracking) will be exempted from the need to obtain IPPC permits.
Dion din fine
A man who made neighbours’ lives a misery by blasting out Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On has had his sound equipment seized.
Smooth climbs change noise
Aircraft carrying out smooth climbs may increase noise in some places and reduce it in others, a CAA report suggests.
Flightpath concentration policy questioned
The policy of concentrating flight paths has come under scrutiny following complaints by Sussex villagers.
Exeter City Council has prosecuted a resident for three breaches of a noise abatement notice.
Three LIFE projects to include noise research topics
Three EU LIFE projects covering noise issues have received funding, it has been announced.
Quiet delivery guidance out
DfT has released a package of guidance notes aimed at making it easier for firms to deliver at night if they do it quietly.
IoA raises fears on draft BS4142 code
The Institute of Acoustics has finalised its response to the proposed changes to the BS4142 noise standard which is heavily used in the absence of UK noise policy and planning guidance.
The European Soundscape Award 2014, run by the European Environment Agency, is open for applications. The award aims to draw attention to the most innovative product, campaign, innovation or scheme solving a noise problem.
Government has published its terms of reference for the strategic long term review of environmental legislation.
New Cirrus GM
Monitor firm Cirrus Environmental has appointed a new general manager as it expands its UK presence with a new office in Cambridgeshire.
Duty cuts good
Fuel duty cuts are very successful, the Treasury claims – based on modelling which excludes ‘externalities’ such as air and noise pollution.
Tranquility theme rides high
Inclusion of tranquility as a factor in assessing the shortlisted airport expansion options is the latest proof of a rising awareness of the importance of safeguarding peaceful spots. Lisa Russell reports.
Automating data collection
Lis Stedman takes a look at using ‘cheap’ sensing to collect noise data prompted by Dublin's use of Intel environmental sensors
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April 2014 issue 81
Nuisance uncovered by FoIs
Churchill Insurance has carried out a huge exercise to establish the extent of nuisance across local authorities.
Hinckley rap for motor circuit noise
The Local Authority Ombudsman has found against Hinckley and Bosworth Council for failing to stop excess noise from the Mallory Park racing circuit.
Aberdeenshire Council has served a noise abatement notice on a wind farm specifically requiring ending of amplitude modulation (thumping).
Airports probe tightens criteria
The Airports Commission has released its appraisal framework to support decision making for increasing runway capacity in the south east of England.
Gatwick runway plans out
Gatwick is consulting on plans for a second runway.
Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) has welcomed the pledge at the recent Aircraft Noise Summit to push for an independent noise ombudsman.
Buskers fail in Camden
The High Court has rejected an appeal against the London Borough of Camden’s plans to regulate buskers to cut noise nuisance.
Anti social in
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill has now completed its passage through Parliament and has become an Act. ).
Chip maker Intel is working with Dublin City Council to provide cheap noise and environmental monitors across the city.
Noise cost update
Consultant Ricardo-AEA has updated costs of noise. It has calculated the external costs of noise and other environmental pollutants arising from transport.
Guidance adopted with few changes
National Planning Practice Guidance on noise has been finalised.
Change of use
There were 852 responses to proposals to allow change of use of shops to houses.
BB93 consultation: responses encouraged
IoA members are being urged to respond to the Department for Education’s consultation on school acoustic standards.
World Cup extension
Government has consulted on bypassing Temporary Event Notices as a means of extending opening hours for the World Cup.
The European Parliament voted in favour of a Commission proposal to bear down on vehicle noise.
Electric and hybrid electric vehicles will be fitted with sound generating devices to provide audible warnings for pedestrians/visually impaired persons.
A Huddersfield man has been fined for playing loud music failing to comply with a noise abatement notice.
News from the IoA wind turbine meeting held in Wales
Focus falls on indoor noise
Wind turbines may cause low frequency noise problems, some delegates at the IoA wind turbine conference suggested, with the focus shifting from noise measured outside to that experienced inside.
Noise odd man out in turbine assessment
Noise is the odd man out in the environmental assessment process, consultant Dick Bowdler claims.
Proposed planning condition will fail
There was much debate at the IoA wind conference held in Wales last month about the efficacy of planning conditions aimed at dealing with excess amplitude modulation from wind turbines.
Good practice guide discussed
Etsu good practice guide working group chairman Richard Perkins of Parsons Brinckerhoff told the IoA conference that the group was unable to reflect the findings of the Renewable UK research into amplitude modulation
Den Brook again
Wind farm developer RES has resubmitted its application to amend a condition limiting amplitude modulation from the pro-posed Den Brook wind farm.
A Redditch woman has been fined £3,087 for causing a noise nuisance to her neighbours.
Entries are now open for this year Association of Noise Consultants acoustics awards which will be presented on 24th June. There are four categories covering architectural acoustics, environmental noise assessment, transportation noise control, and sound insulation Entries close on 23rd May.
Campbell Associates’ five-a-side charity football tournament is now in its third year and is seeking entrants.
BS4142: key to noise assessment?
The committee behind the new draft BS4142 is likely to find itself sifting through a considerable number of comments if recent discussions among acousticians are an indication. Lisa Russell reports
Coventry v. Lawrence will become perhaps the most important precedent on nuisance for quite some time
Coventry v. Lawrence undermines wind farms
Consultant Gwyn Mapp has warned that the Coventry v Lawrence case will undermine the use of Etsu assessment of wind farms.
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March 2014 issue 80
Private nuisance defined?
An important and definitive Supreme Court decision has redefined the issue of whether planning permission can sanction nuisance.
BS4142 out for consultation
An update to BS4142 – which deals with industrial noise – has been released for consultation.
Meanwhile BS8233 Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings has been updated replacing the previous 1999 version.
£127k court costs
Redbridge Council has won a five year legal battle with a noisy Essex nightclub.
£1,000 bung for Gatwick noise
The properties most affected by a second runway at Gatwick would receive £1,000 a year from the airport as a sweetener to reduce objections to expansion plans.
Islington Council is the first London borough to introduce a late night licensing levy to help tackle crime and nuisance.
The European Parliament has watered down the Commission’s proposal on noise emitted by cars, vans, trucks and buses.
Competence set out
The Government has concluded its review of EU laws and how they relate to the UK.
MUGA trouble hits High Court
The High Court has dismissed an appeal against granting of planning permission to a games area.
World Cup relaxation worries Epuk committee
The Epuk noise committee is concerned at the government decision to re-consider a relaxation of licensing laws during the World Cup this summer.
Highland Council has served an abatement notice on energy firm SSE.
A noisy late-night karaoke bar in East Putney has been ordered to pay more than £8,000 in fines and court costs after admitting numerous licensing breaches.
Heathrow four times noisier
An update to the Anase report claims that Heathrow is four times noisier than official figures suggest.
Magistrates given more leeway for high fines
Environmental offences in England and Wales are now covered by bespoke sentencing guidelines.
Protesters have argued against the Airports Commission’s draft appraisal framework document intended to help it decide where to increase capacity (Noise Bulletin Jan/Feb p2).
ASBOs applies to housing
New anti-social behaviour legislation has been changed and will now include provisions for dealing with nuisance in all residential settings.
Noise contours have been published for RAF Brize Norton as part of the MOD’s noise mitigation measures programme to reduce the effect of noise disturbance from military activities.
Monitor firm Cirrus Environmental and Casper, a specialist aviation web-based visualisation and monitoring software firm, have announced a partnership on airport noise monitoring.
SLR buys HFP
SLR Consulting has bought North American acoustics firm, HFP Acoustical Consultants, which has offices in Houston, Texas, and Calgary in Canada.
Ministry of Sound wins noise fight
A scheme to build flats right next to a noisy nightclub has highlighted the difficulties of safeguarding both residents and existing businesses. Lisa Russell reports.
Action plans for England and Wales
Lis Stedman looks at English and Welsh Action plans
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January/February 2014 issue 79
Sealing-up solves nightclub row
The Ministry of Sound nightclub in London’s Elephant and Castle has been ‘saved’ by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the club claims.
Nuisance church clock partially silenced
In a situation which echoes the Ministry of Sound’s concerns about loan nuisance complainers invoking nuisance duties (see news above), a church has decided to stop its clock chiming overnight.
Blog beefs up
Noise Action Week preps In the run up to Noise Action Week, which has a health theme this year, there is now a regular blog on the NAW website and Twitter. Specialists are invited to contribute.
Runway options whittled down
An interim report by the Airports Commission has suggested new runways at Gatwick or Heathrow. An airport in the Thames Estuary remains an option.
Condition found to be legal in judicial review
A judicial review has failed to overturn a decision allowing building of a wind turbine in Northumberland.
Wolverhampton City Council has prosecuted a dog owner over continued barking despite issue of a noise abatement notice.
Twin study on noise
Finnish researchers studied twins to see whether noise sensitivity led to early retirement through ill health.
Speed limit may cut noise
A speed limit is being considered for a section of the M1. It is primarily prompted by air quality problems but it will also cut noise.
Wales retains NECs for planning
Wales has released details of its round two action plan on noise. Places such as Cardiff have set out additional quiet areas.
Fracking could lead to some noise impacts, a strategic environmental assessment suggests.
Noise affects memory
Italian researchers have used innovative virtual reality techniques to test the impact of a new motorway – and associated noise – on the public.
Eire set to junk Etsu limits
The Irish Government is consulting on wind energy development guidelines. A consultation document signals a move away from variable limits based on Etsu towards a fixed 40dBA limit.
Cirrus launches Invictus
Cirrus Environmental has launched its Invictus portable noise monitor.
Lighter and tougher from Campbell Associates
Campbell Associates has developed a new kit which aims to bring a new versatility to remote environmental noise assessments.
NI gives partial endorsement to guide
The Northern Ireland Executive has given partial endorsement to the IOA’s Good Practice Guide to the application of ETSU-R-97 for wind turbine noise assessment.
Final wind turbine notes published
The IOA has published for consultation the final two supplementary guidance notes (SGNs) to support its A Good Practice Guide to the Application of ETSU-R-97 for the Assessment and Rating of Wind Turbine Noise (the GPG).
Wind condition necessary
The wind turbine industry body Renewable UK appears to have caved in to pressure to contemplate a condition to deal with amplitude modulation. But at 5dBA, and based on Etsu assumptions, critics are not happy finds Jack Pease
A short history of noise policy
Noise policies across the years have been analysed in a report to Defra. Lis Stedman sees what the archives have to offer
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December 2013 issue 78
HS2 ES: 50,000 pages long
The Environmental Statement for the London to West Midlands High Speed 2 (HS2) line is out. It consists of 50,000 pages – many of which are on noise.
24 Acoustics solves museum ‘spin’ mystery
The mystery of a spinning statue at a Manchester Museum has been solved by consultant 24 Acoustics.
Record keeping leads to £1,500 rap
The Local Government Ombudsman has criticised Birmingham City Council for poor record keeping which led to continued problems from a noisy tenant.
Tigers in court
A controversial precedent defining how planning permission can permit nuisance is back in court.
Before and after turbine test
Scottish Government is funding a study comparing actual impacts of wind turbines compared to the impacts predicted in environmental statements. Noise, visual and shadow flicker impacts are being considered.
IoA dragged into ‘cover up’ row
The Institute of Acoustics has been dragged into claims of a cover up.
Complaint statistics inconsistent
A series of Freedom of Information requests have highlighted huge differences between London boroughs on how they record noise complaints.
Noise near Brize Norton airbase has dropped, an Amec report suggests.
The Government is promising greater pre-consultation for wind turbines.
Dog injunction backfires on complainer
A homeowner complaining of nuisance noise from the flat above has lost his case and had to pay over £10,000 in counterclaim damages.
Policy review for NI planning
Northern Ireland is consulting on a noise policy statement (NPSNI).
Nuisance notices up in Northern Ireland
Complaints static, prosecutions down and notices are up – so says the latest noise complaint statistics for Northern Ireland.
Recognition for Swiss tyre campaign
A Swiss consortium of public and private partners led by The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) won the European Soundscape Award 2013 for its communication campaign.
A meat firm in Birmingham has been fined £10,000 for night time deliveries which caused a noise nuisance.
Stewart questions role of ‘noise deniers’ “
Are climate activists the new noise deniers?” asks UK Noise Association chair John Stewart in issue one of a new newsletter published by UKNA.
Rollover for nightflights regime
Nightflights at London airports will continue. The Government wants to roll over the current regime for a further three years.
Ombudsman key to Heathrow expansion
London business lobby group London First says a noise ombudsman is needed if expansion at Heathrow is to go ahead.
Heathrow funds quiet outdoor classrooms
Heathrow Airport is spending £1.8m funding ‘adobe’ quiet classrooms in 21 local schools.
Swedish researchers have compared actual annoyance against annoyance predicted by European Noise digital noise maps.
Brüel & Kjær’s latest version of its environmental noise mapping software, Predictor-LimA, is now
ASB: nuisance versus annoyance
Environmental health officers are worried by plans to give police and social housing officers powers to deal with noise. Lisa Russell reports.
Aviation responses revealed
Lis Stedman finds out who said what in response to plans to expand aviation capacity
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November 2013 issue 77
Planes cause heart attacks
Aircraft noise is associated with an increased risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. These are the conclusions of an important study reported in the British Medical Journal.
Noise prompts refusal near nightclub
A planning inspector has refused permission for new apartments near a Maidstone nightclub.
As Noise Bulletin went to press, the Institute of Acoustics released supplementary Etsu guidance for consultation.
Newcastle first with night time levy
Newcastle upon Tyne is the first UK city to adopt a late night levy. The money will be used to ameliorate negative impacts including noise nuisance.
ANC makes noise on planning
A rushed session was squeezed in to the recent ANC Birmingham conference to discuss the latest ‘beta’ guidance on planning practice guidance (Noise Bulletin October p1|).
Four awards in inaugural ANC competition
Four firms were honoured in the first Association of Noise Consultants awards event.
ANC launches Green Book on measurement
The Association of Noise Consultants has formally launched its guide to noise measurement. Dubbed the “Green Book”, it complements the ANC Red Book on groundborne noise and vibration.
The Association of Noise Consultants has warned of a spate of sound level meter thefts over the summer.
Cirrus is gathering data on firework noise.
York City Council’s out of hours noise team prosecuted a resident for playing loud rap music.
Cheltenham Borough Council was granted a full Asbo for a noisy resident.
Action plans outlined at Epuk
Defra noise specialist Stephen Turner told delegates at its annual conference held in Birmingham last month of progress on action planning and the new planning rules.
Quiet areas yet to take off
Defra admitted that to date there were no quiet areas identified under the European Noise Directive in England.
WHO/Europe has confirmed it is updating the 1999 WHO Guidelines for Community Noise.
Graham Hornby has joined WSP from Aecom, Australia where he was acoustics and specialisms leader.
Charges fail to cut plane noise
The CAA says that environmental charges on planes may fail to encourage airlines to use quieter and cleaner aircraft.
Winners and losers in airspace revamp
The National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) is consulting on a revamp of aircraft routes near London. The aim is to concentrate planes onto particular routes to keep noise impacts together.
Airlines ranked according to annoyance
Heathrow Airport has ranked airlines by noise as part of its Fly Quiet programme.
Heathrow’s operational freedom trial reports have been released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Heathrow Airport and will be used as input into the imminent interim report into capacity due from the Airports Commission.
The Airports Commission has published responses to its consultation on new airport capacity.
Police tool up to measure noise
More details are emerging of the shape of the new anti social behaviour regime. A Bill is currently working its way through Parliament.
More entertainment licence deregulation
Consultation is underway on further deregulation to entertainment in England as part of the continued drive against red tape.
Scottish police move against noise
Scottish police have held a targeted campaign against anti social noise makers.
Party house crackdown
Brighton Council is once again planning to tackle the issue of party houses – residential premises let out for weekends to partygoers causing complaints.
Noisy neighbours raided at Redditch
Two Redditch households causing misery to their neighbours by playing loud music have had audio equipment seized after they ignored formal reprimands.
The owner of a persistently noisy dog in Abbey Wood, Greenwich, has been fined £400, and a Woolwich man was fined £2,000 for playing music too loudly, after two successful noise prosecutions brought by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Wind appeal ‘recovered’
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has endorsed a planning inspector’s rejection of a wind farm with conclusions on noise endorsed.
Solar points to wind change
Anti wind campaigners say the rejection of a solar farm in Suffolk is a further sign that Government may be turning against wind farms.
Approval for wind farm windshield
Wind can confound wind turbine assessments so Rion has obtained Class 1 Type approval for a new windshield.
Cirrus monitors noise from Bugattis
The Bugatti Owners’ Club (BOC) is using Cirrus monitoring to back up its own noise rules on cars competing at its renowned hill climb at Prescott Hill near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Campbell Associates has developed the Nor-140 ENV K1.
The EU has published the common framework needed to assess noise from road, rail and air traffic and from industry in the EU.
AM dominates wind conference
Amplitude modulation was one of the big topics at a recent international conference on wind turbine noise. Lisa Russell looks through the papers.
Internoise draws the crowds
Nearly 1,000 papers were presented at Internoise 2013 held in Australia. Lis Stedman samples some of the talks in the first of our two part review
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October 2013 issue 76
Planning guidance hits beta
New planning guidance on noise in England has been released in ‘beta’ form. When finalised next month, PPG24 will officially be retired forever.
Waste yard prompts council payments
Cumbria and Barrow councils have had to pay penalties to homeowners bothered by noise and odour from a waste facility.
Chimes code out
The revised ice cream van chimes code has been released.
NAW 2014 is on
Epuk’s 2014 Noise Action Week is on!
Gatwick louder, little change elsewhere
August/September 2013 issue 75
Quiet areas remain voluntary
July 2013 issue 74
Elvington knocked back again
There has been another court battle in the seemingly endless war between Elvington Airfield and York City Council.
June 2013 issue 73
Wind turbine noise guide published
May 2013 issue 72
Infrasound: fuss and nonsense
April 2013 issue 71
Framework retains contour
March 2013 issue 70
Planes prompt impact scrutiny
A raft of aviation announcements in recent weeks have included Heathrow studies which cost night time noise disturbance. Thresholds are taken down to 45dBA reflecting lower WHO night time noise disturbance guidelines.
Welsh publish round two noise maps
Welsh noise maps have been improved and are now posted with Google maps-style interactivity.
May launch for wind turbine noise guide
The Institute of Acoustics Good practice guide on wind turbine noise assessment is to be launched at an IoA one day conference on turbine noise in Bristol on 21st May.
Jan/Feb 2013 issue 69
Speed limit criteria include noise
December 2012 issue 68
York yo-yo’s with Elvington
November 2012 issue 67
HPA looks for noise role
October 2012 issue 66
15m school turbine removed
Aug/Sept 2012 issue 65
£2.49 app simplifies reporting
July 2012 issue 64
County loses Judicial Review
June 2012 issue 63
Noise powers for the police?
May 2012 issue 62
Complaint prompts libel row
April 2012 issue 61
PPG24 out, tranquillity in
March 2012 issue 60
Wind slashes 16% off value?
January/February 2012 issue 59
Salford will ignore complaints
December 2011 issue 58
Wind case settled
November 2011 issue 57
Mixed result in nightclub row
October 2011 issue 56
Epuk: Stevens departs
Car wash approved with conditions
Pressure on planning revamp
TRL considers risks from quiet cars
July 2011 issue 54
Acoustics and noise consultants review 2011
June 2011 issue 53
Amplitude modulation conditions approved
May 2011 issue 52
Gorsedd cements Etsu fears
April 2011 issue 51
WHO costs health impacts
February/March 2011 issue 50
Speedway prompts damages
January Issue 49
Civil Aviation Act order made
The prospect of continued cuts brings a wide range of personal and professional worries for environmental health officers, as Lisa Russell and Jack Pease found when they surveyed a cross-section (and were overwhelmed with their response!)