Sports ground noise has once again been discussed ad
nauseam in the High Court.
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.
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 Council and the police have introduced an injunction
to ban nuisance motorcyclists in the town.
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.
A tenant has been evicted from a council property in East
Ardsley due to anti-social behaviour.
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.
Methodologies developed for noise have been used to
monetise the wider benefits of improving air quality.
Neighbours can now complain to Airbnb about noise from
Westminster Parliament has been discussing flightpath noise
again – but this time north of the border.
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.
“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 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.
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
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
A CIEH Wales conference has been told that cuts to
environmental health budgets have been necessary to protect front line NHS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Europe has reached the public
consultation stage as it ponders the future of the
European Noise Directive.
l The survey can be viewed
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
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
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
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
Government is now consulting on
making it easier to pack more affordable homes onto
urban brownfield sites (Noise Bulletin November 2015
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
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
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
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
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
Balancing the rights of nightclub
owners and incoming neighbours looks set to become an
increasingly thorny topic. Lisa Russell considers the
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
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
MPs analyse Heathrow ‘envelope’
The Environment Audit Committee is
investigating arguments for expanding Heathrow.
More, bigger, lower, concludes PA
PA Consulting has been brought in
to analyse problems with Heathrow plane routings. Trials
of new routes led to an unexpected high number of
Former Airports Commission chairman
Howard Davies has rebutted criticism over his Heathrow
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 2015 issue 94
pPlanning 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
Railway to be served nuisance
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
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
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
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
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 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
Wind farms are to have their
subsidy cut. and local plannng authorities can now
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
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
Flight path changes cause continued
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
Bunds and noise fencing aim to cut
10dBA noise from Mallory Park race circuit in
Open source model ready for beta
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
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
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
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
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
County Kildare in Ireland is
considering introducing a 1.7km separation zone for wind
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
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
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
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
Noise remains a problem across
Europe, an important pan-EU state of the environment
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
Dig the Moles
Svantek has launched the MOLES
(Miniature Outdoor Logging of Environmental Sound)
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
Regulator could limit thwarting of
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
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
Entertainment licensing has been
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
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
Northern Ireland politicians say
that noise assessment rules for wind turbines need
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
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
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
A petition calling for waivers for
motorsports venues against incoming complainers has
drawn sufficient support to demand a government
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
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
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
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
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
New branding for Campbell
Campbell Associates has rebranded –
and announced the date of its popular annual charity
Noise Attitude Survey reveals
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
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
A High Court battle rumbles on and
has growing parallels with the landmark Jane
Davis/Deeping St Nicholas case (Noise Bulletin December
‘Sensations’ linked to turbines
An in-depth study of residents’
‘sensations’, monitoring data and turbine operational
characteristics has uncovered possible causes of
…while Canadian study fails to find
A study by Health Canada suggests
there is no link between wind turbine noise and ill
No health effects, says review of
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
Turbine group criticises Pickles
RenewableUK says a report by the
Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee,
shows that Secretary of State Eric Pickles is picking on
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
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
Pressure builds on bad neighbour
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
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 hearing.
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
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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.
l 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
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October 2014 issue 86
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
June 2014 issue 83
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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Runway proposals tabled
London Mayor Boris Johnson has stepped up pressure against runway expansion at Heathrow.
Den Brook simmering
Arguments are continuing over the disputed amplitude modulation (thumping) condition for the proposed Den Brook wind farm in Devon. Protesters are warning that they may resort to a Judicial Review.
Smartphone apps could be fit for purpose
An academic study has compared various smartphone apps as a means of monitoring occupational noise.
Anti social noise rethink
Scottish Government has put out a call for evidence to support a policy review of the noise regime under the Antisocial Behaviour (Scotland) Act 2004 Part 5. The Noise Act-style powers allow issuing of fixed penalty notices against fixed noise limits for domestic nuisance.
ANC shortlist released for noise awards
The shortlist for the 2nd Annual Association of Noise Consultants acoustic awards has been revealed.
Mallory Park notice
Councillors have agreed the terms of a noise abatement notice to control Mallory Park racetrack nuisance.
A Burntwood resident was fined £300 for breaching a noise abatement notice.
Cumulative noise sinks turbines
A Scottish Borders wind farm has been refused by Scottish ministers due to cumulative noise impacts.
WebTAG assessment modules have been updated.
Cirrus Research has appointed Bart Buermans as its new European export sales manager as part of its strategic expansion across the continent. He was previously sales manager
Noise Opex rises
A Government survey of environmental protection expenditure shows that in 2012, the latest available year of data, operational expenditure on noise rose.
Campbell Associates hosts charity Acoustic Cup
Last month acoustic consultancies gathered for the annual Campbell Associates Acoustic Cup 5-a-side football competition.
CAA talks tough on noise
The Civil Aviation Authority has released a policy thinkpiece on aviation noise with support for a noise tax.
Heathrow defends noise burden
Aviation is dominating the news at the moment – and will do so for many years as the Airports Commission is hit with ideas for three new runways. Lis Stedman reports
CIEH mulls over noise and health
Managing noise for better health was the subject of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s latest annual noise conference. Lisa Russell reports
Using mobile apps for noise nuisance cases
Elmbridge Borough Council’s new mobile app is the latest stage in an initiative that began in 2008 with improvements to the online advice offered by the council and has continued with development of an online toolkit branded with eye-catching graphics as well as an earlier app.
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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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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
guidance hits beta
planning guidance on noise in England has been released
in ‘beta’ form. When finalised next month, PPG24 will
officially be retired forever.
prompts council payments
Barrow councils have had to pay penalties to homeowners
bothered by noise and odour from a waste facility.
ice cream van chimes code has been released.
NAW 2014 is
Noise Action Week is on!
Architect Pollard Thomas Edwards says it has used an unusual ‘earth tube’ system for a new school in Hounslow.
HS2 tranquillity loss mapped
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has created an online map showing noise impacts of HS2. CPRE is particularly keen to minimise noise impacts on the most unspoilt parts of the countryside.
Heathrow winners and losers
An independent report has concluded that night flight trials carried out earlier this year brought noise respite to approximately 100,000 people living under the Heathrow flight paths – but with disbenefits for others.
Gwyn Mapp, previously of Extrium and Bureau Veritas, has formed his own consultancy company.
Network Rail acoustics consultant Roger Dentoni has received the “Delivery Award” for “outstanding work on delivering the noise and vibration requirements of the Crossrail project”.
A film has been released showing the impact of a wind farm on a US community. l http://vimeopro.com/user8792371/windwise
Gatwick louder, little change elsewhere
Noise exposure was up at some London airports, 2012 indicators suggest.
Aarhus threatens wind power?
A European Court judgement prompted claims that the UK onshore wind turbine planning regime is illegal.
Turbine noise in real time
Noise from a wind farm can now be monitored remotely via the internet.
Den Brook retreat
Den Brook wind farm developer RES has withdrawn its application to amend a condition aimed at controlling amplitude modulation.
NHS health concerns
An NHS health board says wind farms may have health impacts. NHS Shetland has commented:
Racetrack closes: noise blamed
The Mallory Park racing circuit in Leicestershire has gone into receivership. The firm had been fighting a noise abatement notice and in August was fined £2,500 with £23,000 costs for breaching a noise abatement notice.
Wycombe barrier progresses
A feasibility study into the new M40 noise barriers which combine traffic noise mitigation with solar panels has been completed.
Cornwall Council has produced a good practice guide for buskers in Truro.
An analysis by ReviewPro of online guest reviews for 5,683 hotels in 20 key tourist destinations reveals that noise is the number one most common complaint by consumers in all but one city.
Heathrow expansion warning
The London Assembly says expansion of airport capacity should not take place at Heathrow because of noise concerns.
Cirrus Research has re-launched its Trojan noise nuisance recorder with new innovations included as standard.
Researchers have found that there are insufficient formal assessment methods for noise reductions measures such as noise barriers.
Planning. Less is more?
Draft planning guidance about noise issues in England is now online. Lisa Russell takes a look at the words (but not at the numbers – there aren’t any).
Wanted: advocate for noise
Policy announcements continue apace – who is going to stand up for noise since the weakening of Epuk, Lis Stedman asks?
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August/September 2013 issue 75
Quiet areas remain voluntary
Defra has unveiled the shape of the second round of noise action plans. The second round involves councils identifying quiet areas but action will be voluntary and not cause an additional burden (and feature)
Further appeal at noisy car site fails
A vehicle auction site in south Wales has failed to reverse a damages award following long running problems at its site.
Own website for Scottish EPUK
The Scottish breakaway arm of Environmental Protection UK has launched its own website.
Defra has published a report valuing local environment quality. People were prepared to pay most to cut litter and fly tipping and a moderate amount for quiet areas. Noise nuisance was excluded from the study.
Fracking safeguards mooted
Planning guidance aimed at the fracking industry warns that noise can be an issue and should be covered by conditions.
Government confirms Etsu
New planning guidance for renewable energy has confirmed that Etsu guidance must be used for wind turbines. It adds that separation distances should not be used in local plans.
Change of use
The Government is consulting on yet more relaxation to change of use requirements.
Chimes are needed, Defra told
Plans to deregulate the code of practice on ice cream chimes have been published. Despite the Government’s belief that ‘red tape’ is unpopular, all wanted the code to be retained.
Heat pump noise ‘far from settled’
The issue of noise from heat pumps is ‘far from settled’ says a report prepared for Decc.
Scottish standards handbooks updated
Scottish Government has updated technical handbooks on building standards for noise.
Sharps Redmore is carrying out environmental noise surveys around the proposed Sizewell C Nuclear power station site.
Newcastle upon Tyne City Council has agreed to bring in a late night levy aimed to help finance increase police and council funding for enforcement and anti social behaviour activities.
The Environment Agency and Natural England should be retained as separate public bodies with separate purposes and functions.
AM arguments rumble on
Arguments continue over the proposed Den Brook wind farm and its proposed amplitude modulation (thumping) planning condition. Proposals for an amendment have been knocked back.
AM: judge for yourself
Consultant Mike Stigwood has added an ‘idiot’s guide’ to spotting amplitude modulation on his listening room experience website.
Further endorsement for turbine guide
Devolved regions have followed English Government support for the Institute of Acoustics good practice guide on wind turbine assessment.
The European Commission is consulting how railway noise can be reduced.
Recorded levels of infrasound do not appear to have changed since a new windfarm in Australia was built.
Runways here, there and everywhere
Airports have been setting out their cases for why they want an extra runway. Lisa Russell looks at the noise implications.
Vanguardia has been recognised by the Design Council for work carried out on the London 2012 Olympics.
Scottish Government has refused planning consent for the Druim Ba proposed wind farm in the Blairmore Estate, near Drumnadrochit.
Peace at last
English adults made 2.85 billion visits to the outdoors last year with many seeking peace and tranquillity.
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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.
Give councils anti social behaviour powers
Councils could tackle anti-social behaviour by tenants in privately-rented accommodation if given greater powers to force landlords to crackdown on tenants causing problems, says the Local Government Association (LGA),
Commission underestimates rural impacts
Gatwick residents have claimed that the recent Airports Commission’s discussion paper on noise (Noise Bulletin April p1) underestimates impacts in rural areas.
The Noise Abatement Society has announced a ‘pause’ in the John Connell awards. Instead of awards this year the charity will prepare a “best bits” document showcasing the best of the awards, which have run for 12 years.
Public nuisance clarified?
A premises licensing appeal has added some weight to the view that a single person’s noise complaint can constitute a public nuisance.
Dog prompts £4k fine
A Royal Borough of Greenwich council tenant whose loud music and barking dog blighted neighbours’ lives has been prosecuted for noise nuisance.
A Woolwich pub landlord was fined £900 for disturbing neighbours with loud gospel and afrobeat music.
NI round 2 plan
Northern Ireland has consulted on its round two noise mapping action plan covering industrial sources.
Cumulative impact argued
A council has conceded for a second time in the face of a Judicial Review of its decision to award planning permission to wind turbines.
Noise condition at heart of judicial review
Gedling Council has been defending itself at a Judicial Review. It had made mistakes with noise conditions for a wind farm and a group challenged the council’s decision to grant planning permission.
A further wind farm has been added to MAS Environmental’s collection of recorded wind farm noises.
Chelmsford City Council has successfully prosecuted a resident for three separate breaches of a noise abatement notice.
Cirrus Research has recently obtained type approval for the Class 1 versions of the Optimus Red and Optimus Green instruments.
Temple, together with RSK, has been awarded a £1.5m contract to provide environmental services to HS2 Ltd.
The Environment Agency and Natural England should be retained as separate public bodies with separate purposes and functions.
New Section 182 guidance published
The Home Office has published updated Guidance under Section 182 of th
Alan Saunders change
Clarke Saunders Associates is the new name of the acoustic consultancy practice headquartered in Winchester previously known by the name of its founder Alan Saunders.
Week of action wins through
Noise Action Week faced a challenging national start this year, with the major restructuring of Epuk that has left it as a semi-voluntary organisation with a diminished presence and effectively no budget.
Mapping helps health analysis
Forthcoming changes to noise mapping plus proposals for some new directions in research could give invaluable information about how noise exposure affects health. Lisa Russell reports.
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June 2013 issue 73
Wind turbine noise guide published
The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) has published its Good Practice Guide on wind turbine noise assessment.(special feature can be freely viewed here as it is so important!)
Midi turbine finally silenced
In what is thought to be the first action of its kind, nuisance action has led to a medium sized turbine being shut down.
New planning guidance for windfarms
The Government claims it will no longer ignore the environment when planning new onshore wind farms.
York late levy
York is considering whether to adopt a late night levy of nightclubs in the city.
The Ennah (European Network on Noise and Health) report (on noise and health) has been finalised.
High speed rail mitigation
A draft environmental statement setting out the likely impacts of the first phase of the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project between London, the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds has been published for consultation.
Scotland told that Etsu is okay for turbines
Etsu provides a reasonable degree of protection against wind turbine noise, a report claims.
Campbell Associates has added the next generation environmental noise measurement system to its extensive hire fleet.
Brigade Electronics has won a legal battle over its patented low-annoyance reversing alarm.
Acoustic Awards 2013
The ANC has launched a set of awards to promote and recognise excellence among UK acoustic consultants and raise the profile of the acoustics industry.
Heathrow ramps up noise plan
Heathrow has announced new initiatives on noise – and says it does not want mixed mode in the short term. Mixed mode offers capacity increases but removes programmed respite for overflown communities.
MPs propose airplane compensation probe
MPs on the House of Commons Transport Committee have suggested increased noise safeguards to compensate noise sufferers facing increased numbers of planes. They suggest a rapid review of noise compensation.
Neil Anderson - founder of Anderson Acoustics – has left the company to work for himself again, trading as 7th Wave Acoustics l Neil Anderson email firstname.lastname@example.org
Greene to ANV
ANV Measurement Systems, European distributor for Rion sound and vibration measurement systems, have appointed Charles Greene as UK sales manager.
Villa to Anderson
Sasha Villa joins Anderson to head up the new London Bridge office of the Brighton-based company. He joins from Temple Group.
AM condition to be overturned?
A planning condition endorsed by the UK High Court could be overturned.
RES fails to overturn condition in Dumfries
Wind farm developer RES has failed in its bid to overturn a noise condition imposed on its Glenchamber wind farm.
Banks Renewables is also seeking to remove an amplitude modulation condition attached to its Moor House wind farm development near Darlington.
Hyde Park simulation for Vanguardia
Vanguardia Consulting was asked to run simulations on a number of sound systems for use in Hyde Park to test coverage and controllability.
NI rules consult
Northern Ireland is consulting on an Environmental Better Regulation Bill. l www.doeni.gov.uk/better_ regulation_bill_consultation_may_2013.pdf
ClimateXCHange- a network of Scottish academic institutions – is commissioning research on wind farm noise.
Big fine ....
An Emsworth resident has been fined a total of £3,576.37 in Portsmouth Magistrates Court for eight breaches of a noise abatement notice served by Havant Borough Council.
Pendle Council has prosecuted a noisy neighbour but secured only a £110 fine despite a long history of problems.
EU directives questioned
The UK Government is consulting on whether EU regulation on the environment is working – including mapping.
Some safeguards in regulation shakeup
Secondary legislation is being laid to enable a raft of planning changes that some fear will lead to increased neighbour noise nuisance.
Atmos Consulting’s growing noise team continues to expand its services by offering noise performance testing of micro wind turbines to meet the requirements of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
Heat pump vouchers
In a bid to boost use of domestic renewables, vouchers are being offered.
Initial findings of the London Borough of Hounslow’s consultation on the expansion of Heathrow have found residents overwhelmingly against an expanded airport, but also against its closure.
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May 2013 issue 72
Infrasound: fuss and nonsense
A world renowned British consultant has told a US state senate committee hearing that claims that wind turbines caused infrasound were “hoo-hah, fuss and nonsense”. The outburst was immediately excused by the wind industry.
Planning revamp prompts wider separation
A major revamp of Scottish planning policy includes the possibility of wind farm separation distances and turbine-free areas.
Defra has joined other government departments and switched its website to the standardised www.gov.uk portal.
Soundscape entries needed
The European Soundscape Award 2013 is open for applications.
Expansion but less noise
Expansion of aviation over the next forty years will not increase noise, aviation lobby group Sustainable Aviation claims.
Noise in diabetes health link
Danish researchers believe that noise can lead to a higher risk of diabetes.
The London Assembly has concluded its investigation into Heathrow night flights (Noise Bulletin April p5) and wants them stopped.
Long term noise leads to sleep deficit
Long term night time rail noise has been linked to various health effects.
Open window nuisance: £10/day
Derbyshire Dales District Council has been criticised by the Local Authority Ombudsman for failing to take action over a noise complaint.
A local council in Massachusetts has costed the removal of two turbines blamed for causing too much noise.
Nuisance contained in sentencing guidelines
The Sentencing Council is consulting on guidelines on penalties for environmental offences, including noise and abatement notices.
Heat pump regime revamp is delayed
The Micropower Council reacted with disappointment as the Government announced a delay until April 2014 of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a policy originally due to be implemented three years earlier.
More centres to run IOA Diploma
Two centres – Colchester Institute and London South Bank University – will resume running the Institute of Acoustics' Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control from the start of the 2013/14 academic year after gaps of two and 17 years respectively.
Studies debunk wind turbine syndrome?
Two studies have been released that claim to debunk wind turbine syndrome. The syndrome is claimed to be caused by low frequency noise affecting health.
Before and after study
The Australian EPA is undertaking a before and after study of the noise impacts arising from a wind farm.
An academic review of research cautions against saying that wind turbines cannot produce infrasound.
Setback for setback distances?
Milton Keynes tried to introduce a separation zone for wind turbines – and was taken to the High Court. Lis Stedman finds that there is some confusion as to who ‘won’
HHSRS minefield for noise
Few councils seem to be making use of the admittedly complex legislation that enables noise issues to be tackled as a hazard to health. Lisa Russell reports read the feature here.
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April 2013 issue 71
Framework retains contour
The final aviation policy framework has been published – it has failed to listen to calls to change noise assessment methods.
Noise Action Week saved: May 20th-24th
Fix the dates in your diary – 20–24th May – the 2013 Noise Action Week is on!
Scotland to split from Epuk
The Scottish branch of Environmental Protection UK is to split from Epuk.
Diary sheets questioned in Parliament
A debate in the House of Commons has highlighted frustration over the use of nuisance diary sheets.
Quiet house at Ideal Home show
Quietmark – a Noise Abatement Society scheme – is behind a large quiet house aiming to showcase quiet technologies at the Ideal Home Show.
Hayes heaved out
Michael Fallon has replaced John Hayes as energy minister.
Noise levels as traffic counter
Spanish researchers believe they can use to street noise levels as a measure of traffic density. The system is claimed to be able to distinguish between the flow of cars, vans, HGVs or motorbikes/scooters.
Football for charity: more teams sought
Noise monitor supplier Campbell Associates is organising another charity five-a-side football tournament. Last year the event raised over £850 for Sport Relief.
Etsu concerns made public
An academic is describing Etsu as bad science and tabled his concerns directly with Decc for fear that the forthcoming IoA good practice guide on wind turbine noise will not reflect his concerns.
Weak personality blamed for disturbance
A study by psychologists, engineers and built environment experts at The University of Nottingham has found no link between the measured level of noise from small and micro wind turbines and reports of ill health.
Measuring individual car noise
Scandinavian research group Sintef, using Norsonic equipment, is carrying out a large research exercise to measure the noise from individual vehicles in a busy traffic stream.
Paul Johnson has joined Vanguardia’s Knutsford office in Cheshire to help to grow the business in the north of England.
Government summarises framework replies
The Government has summarised responses to its consultation on the Aviation Framework.
Housing affects airport noise disturbance
Researchers interviewed a total of 4,861 people living near seven European airports, including London-Heathrow, in a bid to see what factors led to disturbance.
Big noise survey
A “Big Noise Survey” is being organised as part of a project which aims to raise the profile of the need for good acoustics in schools, and highlight the effect on teachers’ health.
The CPRE has reviewed the workings of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) one year on from its introduction in March 2012.
Night time noise debated
The London Assembly has heard from aviation and noise experts about issues to do with night flights.
Four-runway Heathrow contours mooted
The entire borough of Wandsworth could be subjected to aircraft noise if Heathrow is allowed to develop into a four runway hub, claims Wandsworth Council and the 2M group of councils opposed to Heathrow expansion.
Extra school costs
The London Borough of Hounslow says it is having to bear some of the cost of aircraft noise.
Aircraft noise will worsen classroom overheating as global warming takes hold, London Metropolitan University researchers say.
Cumulative impact assessed
Cities, suburbs and towns are increasingly adopting cumulative impact zones as one of their tools for keeping licensed premises in check. Lisa Russell reports.
Quest for health effects goes on
Noise and health once again hits the headlines, finds Lis Stedman
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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.
MK wind challenge
As Noise Bulletin went to press, Milton Keynes Council was in the High Court defending a challenge to its wind turbine policy.
Arup wins again
Arup has once again scooped up noise contracts for HS2.
RES to amend AM condition
Wind firm RES is asking the local planning authority if it can amend a controversial condition put on the Den Brook wind farm approval.
Turbines not guilty on infrasound?
An Australian study claims that wind turbines do not cause infrasound.
Cardiff scrutiny says complaints serve as early warning
Cardiff Council has carried out a scrutiny into anti social behaviour and found that noise can act as an early warning for e
B&K has used a pentangular array (left) to take acoustic measurements of large wind turbines.
Planning key to quieter homes
The Noise Abatement Society and Rockwool have released a noise manifesto calling for urgent planning reform to include noise in building design. The initiative follows a noise ‘summit’ held towards the end of last year (Noise Bulletin December 2012 p4).
Heathrow Airport told the recent London Assembly transport committee that it would not be pressing for introduction of mixed mode.
A number of cases have been reported where noise complaints have led to violence.
Protesters have lamented a European decision that fails to clamp down on noise from new vehicles.
Health cash rise
Councils have been given more money than expected to pay for public health when responsibilities are handed over to them from April.
S.82 costs order overturned
Consumer noise complaint specialist Noisedirect has succeeded in overturning a costs order against a noise complainant.
Noisedirect and barrister Simon Butler have been involved in another nuisance action, scoring an out of court settlement for damages from noise, smells and dust from a landfill site near Wigan.
App helps with acoustic tasks
Acoustassist has developed what is believed to be one of the world’s first ever multi-platform digital acoustics handbooks. It aims to provide acoustic reference and calculations “on-the-go”.
Campbell Associates has announced that the Nor848 Acoustic Camera from the Norwegian developer is now produced in three dish sizes to suit various applications.
A Scottish homeowner blighted by noise from a medium sized wind turbine has launched a petition for increased notification distances for turbine planning applications.
The Noise Nuisance App is now available on Android.
50dBA sleep threshold
A study of over 7,000 Finnish public sector workers suggests that a threshold of 50dB Lnight for sleep disturbance for those with anxiety. For the general population it was 55dB.
NI sees complaints rise
There has been a 5.25% increase in noise complaints in Northern Ireland, government statistics show.
CIEH wades into guidance debate
Noise features in CIEH’s criticism of the Government’s planning practice guidance shake up.
Untangling noise and air pollution impacts
Researchers have tried to tease-out the confounding effect of noise and air pollution on health.
Two noisy Pendle residents have been taken to court by Pendle Council for continuing to cause a noise nuisance, breaching a noise abatement notice twice.
Noise causes stress
Taiwanese researchers believe they have found a link between noise and human stress.
The international aviation body ICAO is developing an new aircraft noise certification standard.
Aviation health effects reviewed
Tucked into a new government consultation on night flights are two interesting CAA Environmental Research and Consultancy Department (ERCD) aircraft noise reports for the DfT, one of which pushes down the dBA threshold for night noise disturbance to new, low levels that reflect WHO guidance.
Heathrow Airport is to trial a new noise insulation scheme.
A Quieter Homes Initiative has been developed by Heathrow Airport following a consultation about the existing noise insulation schemes on offer and research into schemes offered by other major airports around the world.
Hosanna! Shrubs to the rescue?
Mary Stevens reports on an EU partnership project investigating novel solutions for quieter and greener cities
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Speed limit criteria include noise
New speed limit setting guidance includes advice on noise effects. Changes in traffic speed is claimed to have a marginal impact on noise.
Noise armoury strengthened in ASB bill
The Draft Anti Social Behaviour Bill has been published. Asbos will be replaced by measures that could make it easier to tackle noise nuisance and annoyance (Noise Bulletin July 2012 p8).
UKNA home survey
The UK Noise Association is conducting an online survey to find out more about sound insulation in dwellings.
Keon to Atmos
Emma Keon has joined Atmos Consulting’s acoustics and noise team as a senior consultant based in Edinburgh.
Noise guidance is needed
Advice on local environment issues should be retained, Lord Taylor’s review of planning guidance concludes.
New boss for IoA
The Institute of Acoustics (IoA) has a new chief executive. Allan Chesney replaces Kevin Macan-Lind who left abruptly last year (Noise Bulletin October 2012 p2).
Efficient is quiet
Transport pressure group T&E claims that fuel efficient cars are also quieter.
Birmingham Airport is consulting on proposed changes to new flight paths needed for the opening of its runway extension in early 2014.
Judicial review reform
Over the Christmas break, Government consulted on making it more difficult to mount judicial reviews.
Low frequency noise is present
Assertions that wind turbines do not cause low frequency noise are being reassessed following publication of a ‘consensus’ report from Wisconsin, USA.
Amenity tested in High Court
Five wind turbines have been turned down following a High Court appeal by South Northamptonshire council. The turbines had originally been granted permission at an appeal but there were noise and visual amenity concerns.
HS2 opts for quiet construction
Noise has been thought about in proposals to build the HS2 high speed railway between London and Birmingham.
Appeal agrees noisy tonal turbine must be removed
A small turbine near Harrogate must be removed, an appeal states.
How to calculate health costs
European expert institutions – with the exception of the UK – have produced guidance on how to calculate health impacts of noise.
TRL has investigated noise and air quality impacts caused by illegal modification of mopeds.
Anderson goes underground
Anderson Acoustics has been commissioned to carry out noise and vibration measurements on Crossrail’s western tunnels.
CadnaA updates to v4.3
CadnaA noise prediction software from Datakustik has been updated to version 4.3.
The favoured EU method for estimation population exposure to noise may give an overestimate.
A 23-year old Tilbury resident has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £275 after admitting breaching a noise abatement notice.
Wind guidance feedback
The IoA’s consultation on good practice guidance for wind turbine noise assessment drew almost 30 detailed responses. Lisa Russell looks through what they said
Getting rid of abatement zones
The Government is getting rid of red tape, little-used noise abatement zones were high on the list, finds Lis Stedman
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December 2012 issue 68
York yo-yo’s with Elvington
The City of York Council’s environmental protection team has been back in court yet again prosecuting a noisy racing circuit – and the long running saga is still not over.
North Devon windfarm confirmed as noisy
A huge north Devon windfarm has proved to be too noisy.
RWE Renewables has confirmed it is to challenge Milton Keynes’ plans for a 1m separation zone around new wind turbines.
Complaints soar in London
A number of indicators have emerged this month suggesting increased noise annoyance at Heathrow.
Noise contours rise
Heathrow and other London airports recently released their noise contours for 2011 – two show a marked worsening.
Night noise relief zones trialled at Heathrow
Aviation and anti-aviation interests have come together in a bid to trial night noise changes at Heathrow Airport and see whether noise relief zones could ease disturbance. A form of runway alteration is proposed – the same relief system which is currently vulnerable because of pressure to adopt mixed mode (both runway) operation (see above).
The Chancellor’s 2012 Autumn Statement is being accused of prejudging the outcome of the operational freedoms trial.
London councils 2M group reformed
A grouping of west London councils has been reformed in a bid to argue against further expansion at Heathrow Airport.
Open rotors annoy
A US report reviews next-generation ‘open rotor’ aircraft noise.
Cities and organisations are urged to sign up to a declaration calling on the EU to increase the ambition for noise limits for new vehicles.
Autumn statement: more cuts
The Chancellor’s autumn statement contained a pledge to spend £5.5bn on infrastructure spending, change assessment rules, encourage inter-council cooperation and make more red tape cuts.
Significant infrastructure threshold lowered
The Government is consulting on extending the streamlined planning process for big infrastructure downwards to commercial and business development.
Permitted development consultation out
Detail is being added to the widely-trailed policy of relaxing planning regulations.
Government is consulting on new ‘one stop shop’ proposals for major infrastructure proposals in England.
New for old
Casella CEL is offering up to 30% off the price of new equipment to customers who exchange their old sound level meters and dosimeters.
Jail for noise
A man who breached his anti-social behaviour injunction on an Islington estate has been jailed for 16 weeks and may lose his council home.
Buildings are too noisy
New research commissioned by Rockwool among UK property professionals (a group of 206 architects, planners, estate agents and property developers) has found that they support action to reduce noise pollution in UK homes and offices, with almost two thirds (64%) saying the UK needs quieter buildings.
Vanguardia: Grand Prix
Vanguardia has been involved in racing car measurements at a recent Formula One Grand Prix.
Vibration worsens rail noise
Swedish researchers have analysed why railway noise can become annoying. Vibration can lead to worsened annoyance from set levels of noise.
A nuisance neighbour who ignored notices to stop playing loud music at her home seven times has been ordered to pay more than £3,500 in costs and fines by magistrates.
An analysis has been published on the EU Life programme which supports environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU.
Brüel & Kjær’s Predictor-LimA Type 7810 software for environmental noise calculation has entered its ninth version.
International regulations have been agreed on how to certify new motorcycle noise.
£64k fine for Nottingham club
A city centre club in Nottingham has been fined £64,000 for ignoring warnings about noise levels.
Derby City Council has carried out three seizures of equipment following complaints of excess noise.
No wind review
Climate change secretary Greg Barker says there are no plans to review noise regulations for wind turbines.
Awards for excellence 2012
Canny ideas that are helping local authorities be more effective in today’s tough times were among initiatives singled out in this year’s John Connell Awards. Lisa Russell reports.
Fears over the grim RIPA
What exactly are local authorities supposed to do when they are required to deal with statutory nuisance but are faced with legal uncertainty on collecting evidence, asks Lis Stedman
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November 2012 issue 67
HPA looks for noise role
The Health Protection Agency has proposed how it is to tackle its noise responsibilities. It wants to built up its noise capabilities and may even get involved in planning advice.
Defra starts ‘world’s largest noise map’
Noise mapping specialist Extrium is providing technical advice and support to Defra in the delivery of the second round of mapping for the Environmental Noise Directive (END).
Bill prompts fears
The proposed Growth and Infrastructure Bill which has had its second reading in Parliament may water down planning protection on noise.
£9k nuisance payout
A claim of nuisance against a vehicle garage has succeeded.
Building standards reviewed
Building standards – including those covering noise – are to be reviewed by panel as part of the Coalition pledge to cut red tape.
The London Assembly has called on the Mayor to oppose government plans to significantly extend permitted development rights and reject changes to planning rules.
Planning guidance in fast track review
Government is carrying out a rushed review of planning guidance.
Commission reviews future of EIA
The European Commission has outlined new proposals to streamline legislation on environmental impact assessments.
Government is consulting on the planning appeals process in England.
A nightclub in Nottingham has been hit with a £64,000 fine for ignoring noise warnings.
RIPA difficulties get worse
CIEH has warned that new regulations coming into force this month will make it even harder for councils to monitor nuisance neighbours.
Brighton tries HMO licensing to cut nuisance
Student noise is one of the reasons for Brighton and Hove council designating a Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) zone.
The London Mayor is to part-fund some 100 “pocket parks” and to plant thousands more new trees in London by March 2015.
Young person award
Nominations are being sought for the Institute of Acoustics 2013 Young Persons’ Award for Innovation in acoustical engineering.
Minister on wind
A government energy minister has broken ranks to criticise onshore wind turbines.
Turbines affects mental health
Researchers believe that noise from wind turbines could impact on mental health.
Batworthy turbines allowed at appeal
A windfarm at Batworthy Cross in Devon has been consented but not without an argument about noise.
EEB makes suggestions for EU noise review
The European Environment Bureau has made a series of recommendations for the forthcoming revision of the European Noise Directive.
Regulation, including environmental health, has taken the biggest hit in Welsh local authority cuts.
Worth to Cirrus
Cirrus Research has appointed Kevin Worth as business development manager.
Noise behind killing
Noise has been blamed for a killing in St Helens.
Turbines & health
An ear specialist has written a paper explaining why wind turbines can cause low frequency noise and why they can be hazardous to health.
Plane noise back on the agenda
The Department for Transport’s consultation on aviation has given a rare opportunity for anyone with an interest in aircraft noise to try to influence future policy. Lisa Russell reports
BS4142: the review continues
The all important and much used BS4142 is under review. Are we any nearer to a conclusion, asks Lis Stedman
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October 2012 issue 66
15m school turbine removed
A 15m wind turbine has been removed because of noise nuisance.
Scottish turbine case heads towards court
A householder is pursuing a private nuisance action against the operator of a 15m Proven wind turbine.
HSE recovers costs for enforcement
The Health and Safety Executive is introducing a fee for intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme for breaches of health and safety laws, including occupational noise.
An annual general meeting held last month by Epuk revealed that the organisation continues to struggle with its new semi-voluntary set up.
A wind turbine in Devon has had its planning permission rescinded due to the lack of an environmental impact assessment.
Fullabrook is too loud
Noise measurements at the high profile and disputed Fullabrook wind farm near Barnstaple suggest turbines are too loud.
Porsche accused of over-influence on EU
Campaigners have accused the European Parliament Environment Committee of relying on wording from Porsche in proposed wordings for noise policy documents.
Northern Ireland first with round two maps
Northern Ireland is the first in the UK to produce and publish its round two noise maps.
The licensee of a pub in South Ockendon, Essex, has been fined £2,000 for breaching a noise abatement notice.
The Institute of Acoustics and its chief executive, Kevin Macan-Lind have parted company. The surprise departure comes six years after he became boss (Noise Bulletin April 2006).
Plymouth is seeing increased numbers of noise complaints.
Etsu feedback trickles in
Feedback is starting to roll in from the Institute of Acoustics’ extended consultation for a good practice guide for Etsu wind turbine assessment (Noise Bulletin Aug/Sept p6).
B&K updates hand held analyser
Brüel & Kjær has launched a fourth generation of hardware for its sound level meters and hand-held analysers – Types 2250 and 2270 G4.
Part E tests
A report has looked at four examples of refurbs to see how Part E sound insulation regulations have worked. It was commissioned in 2003 but only just released.
DfT is consulting on speed limit setting criteria.
US disturbance A noise model of a US urban area has put a figure on noise annoyance and sleep disturbance.
Dog pack a ‘human right’?
Council chiefs in Moray were disappointed that a judge ruled that they could not silence a pack of dogs. They blame the lack of noise standards for the failure of a four year battle against the pack.
Listen to turbine thumping for yourself
Consultant Mike Stigwood has opened up his wind farm amplitude modulation ‘listening room’ project to the wider public.
Japanese monitor low frequency noise
A new measurement system for wind turbine noise is being developed in Japan, as researchers from Chiba Institute of Technology explained to Low Frequency Noise 2012 conference (see page six).
Common assessment method finalised
Common noise assessment procedures have been published by Europe. The aim is to standardise quantification of noise exposure across borders.
Saga Legal Services has carried out a survey and found 28% of the over 50s have been in legal disputes – most with their neighbours.
Subsidy regime revamped
A raft of renewable consultations have been launched covering wind turbines and heat pumps, domestic and non-domestic.
ASB prompts Newham landlord tax
All private landlords in Newham will be expected to pay up to £500 in a new licensing scheme justified by the perceived need to tackle anti social behaviour, including noise from rented properties.
Etsu uncertainties could double background
Two academics believe that wind turbine assessment underestimates uncertainty.
Four residents shared a fine of over £1,000 for repeatedly playing music too loud in Splott, Cardiff.
Quackdown on noise
Also in Cardiff, officers have fined the owner of ducks for allowing too much noise.
The WHO/Europe publication Burden of disease from environmental noise has been highly commended at an annual British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards ceremony.
Low frequency noise
Latest research into low frequency noise includes projects looking at ways of helping people cope when the source cannot be found. Lisa Russell reports
All about noise
Mike Goldsmith’s new book on noise is like a history lesson, but interesting, finds Lis Stedman
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Aug/Sept 2012 issue 65
£2.49 app simplifies reporting
A new smartphone app simplifies noise nuisance reporting and could lead to more robust reporting of noise nuisance problems.
£500,000 grants help Welsh tranquillity
Welsh Government has announced funding of £494,016 to support 14 local authority-led projects that will improve noise and the local environment.
Layby nuisance claim dismissed
An appeal by a householder complaining of nuisance from a layby in a road has been rejected in the High Court.
Evans rejoins RPS
Phil Evans has rejoined consultant RPS as senior director to lead the acoustics team, following a period as a director at Southdowns and as consulting group manager of the acoustics team at Bureau Veritas.
Vanguardia grows once again
Dr Nicky Shiers and Anne Unwin have joined Vanguardia as the firm further expands.
Council removes AM condition
Central Bedfordshire has been persuaded to remove a planning condition attached to a wind farm aimed at preventing amplitude modulation disturbance.
Anglesey ponders wind turbine SPG
In further evidence that local authorities are developing their own separate guidance for wind energy, Anglesey is consulting on special policy guidance that includes minimum separation distances for wind turbines.
Core strategy lists 3km gap
Wiltshire Council is amending its core strategy planning policy to restrict turbine height and separation distances but has been told to reconsult the public.
Canada wind probe
Health Canada has launched a probe into the health effects of wind turbines.
The European Joint Research Centre has finished the first phase of the development of common noise assessment methods (CNOSSOS-EU) in Europe.
City of York’s environmental protection unit has successfully prosecuted a pub company and owner of a public house in York for failing to comply with a noise abatement notice.
Noise key to aviation revamp
Government is reconsulting on aviation – while the focus is very much on increased runway capacity in south east England and whether there should be further expansion at Heathrow, noise figures highly.
Survey suggests half of population annoyed
Insulation firm Rockwool has published a survey suggesting more than half of UK residents are bothered by noise.
A new set of sustainable development indicators are proposed for consultation.
Guidance is being proposed for changes to the licensing regime following implementation of the Live Music Act in October. The Act became law earlier this year
The annual Rushlight Awards for environmental excellence loom once again and entries are invited.
High Court overturns permit
A metal recycling operation has succeeded in overturning a noise condition in the High Court. European Metal Recycling of Stoke on Trent challenged the Environment Agency questioning whether noise was enough to justify a suspension order for the whole process.
Three categories proposed for development
Consultant Chris Hurst of Three Spires Acoustics has proposed the use of three planning categories to deal with noise.
Olympic noise: three consultants get stuck in
Consultants have been out there trying to capture the excitement of the Olympics and related celebrations.
Wind farm protesters have produced a report which includes an analysis of how current procedures produce higher than expected background noise measurements. Under Etsu methodology, that means developers can install noisier turbines.
Jail for knife man
A man who used a knife to threaten a Westminster EHO following up a noise complaint has been jailed.
Environmental health functions at North Tyneside council are being outsourced to consultant Capita Symonds as part of council cost cutting.
Etsu gains good practice guide
Some may see ‘Etsu’ and ‘good practice’ as a contradiction in terms. Will IoA’s planned good practice guide on wind turbine assessment reduce the sniping, asks Jack Pease
Comfy sofa key to thump impact?
Could realistic listening room conditions lead to greater understanding of the impacts of wind turbine amplitude modulation?
Soundscape in a seaside city
Mary Stevens, noise policy expert, formerly with Epuk, and a local resident, looks on with interest as Brighton plays hosts to soundscape experiments
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July 2012 issue 64
County loses Judicial Review
Northumberland County Council has been told that its handling of planning consents for wind turbines failed to properly consider noise impacts.
Europe consults on noise directive review
The European Commission has launched a consultation of its review report of the European noise directive.
Airfield driving centre breaches notice
Harrogate Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a firm using an airfield to offer driving experiences to the public.
Consultant maps ‘Bow Bells’
Consultant 24 Acoustics was commissioned by the Times Atlas of London to map out the sound of Bow Bells and compare it with the historical ‘earshot’ area 150 years ago.
Lower cost noise monitors from Casella
A new low cost noise nuisance recorder from Casella CEL is designed to simplify monitoring complaints about noisy neighbours.
New NI rules
Mapping and action planning guidance has been posted by for consultation by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment.
The Civil Aviation Authority has released a report on tranquillity.
Council adopts 1km+ distance
Milton Keynes Council has adopted as policy separation distances for wind turbines.
Moray Council says it is the first local authority in Scotland to seek a moratorium on windfarm applications.
Car limits noisier
European transport and environment pressure group T&E warns that proposed vehicle noise rules could lead to noisier vehicles for the next 15 years.
Noise affects wildlife
A report commissioned by Defra on the impact of noise on wildlife has concluded that there is scarce research and that more research is needed. Bristol researchers came to this conclusion through a desktop review of 85 other people’s studies.
Section 82 notices decline
The newly launched Noisenuisance.org (see box, below) says there has been a long term decline in the use of s82 (non-local authority) nuisance actions under the Environmental Protection Act.
Noise nuisance website launched
Two noise consultants are heading up an initiative aimed at explaining noise nuisance to the public.
Noise expenditure rises in 2010
Capital expenditure on noise protection rose in 2010, the latest year for which figures are available.
600 homeowners affected by Manchester Airport’s second runway will share £1,500 compensation as part of a negotiated deal.
Change of use
DCLG is consulting on allowing deregulating planning change-of-use legislation to make it easier to convert existing commercial buildings into
The Government’s interpretation of responses to the NPPF consultation has been released.
Co-Op help for M40 barriers
A long-established M40 action group on noise has won grants that may lead to solar noise barriers being placed alongside the M40.
Smartphone app for Heathrow noise
Heathrow protest group Hacan has teamed up with University College London (UCL) to launch a smartphone app to capture aircraft noise.
Reliable turbine nuisance assessments needed
The need for reliable assessments of the noise impact of small wind turbines is likely to become ever more important, said Temple Group technical director Dani Fiumicelli at last month’s CIEH nuisance conference (Noise Bulletin June p8).
New President for IOA
Professor Bridget Shield has become the president of the Institute of Acoustics succeeding Trevor Cox.
Industrial Acoustics Inc (IAC) has been sold by current equity firm MML Capital Partners to another equity firm AEA Investors (not to be confused with AEA consultants).
Sampling of vehicle speeds has shown that between 2010 and 2011, the percentage of cars and motorcycles exceeding the 30 mph speed limit increased to 47 and 50% respectively. On motorways, 49% of cars exceeded the 70 mph speed limit in 2011, unchanged from 2010.
Planning in a vacuum?
The Institute of Acoustics meeting on the National Planning Policy Framework asked ‘What happens to noise policy decision-making in a vacuum?’. Lisa Russell reports.
Anti social behaviour makeover
We take a deeper look at Government White Paper plans for anti social behaviour. Lis Stedman reports
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June 2012 issue 63
Noise powers for the police?
19 sundry anti social behaviour tools, including Asbos, will be replaced by six under plans contained in a new Government White Paper. Many of the new powers can be used to tackle noise nuisance – with suggestions that the police will get increased power over noise.
Funding for quiet areas (but only in Wales)
Welsh local authorities will share £500,000 of grant funding for developing quiet areas.
Alton Towers rerun?
Court procedural hearings have cleared the way for a re-run of the high profile noise nuisance case against Alton Towers theme park.
Chimes plan annoys
The Noise Abatement Society does not welcome plans to deregulate ice cream chime noise. The deregulation is part of Government efforts to cut red tape (Noise Bulletin April p4).
Private nuisance action fails
Residents have had to shell out £50,000 in costs following failure of an Environmental Protection Act Section 82 nuisance action in Reading Magistrates’ Court following excess noise from a new playground.
Heathrow freedoms studied as trial extended
The CAA has reported on impacts of operational freedoms at Heathrow Airport which allowed BAA to alternate flights on its two runways. Meanwhile the trial has been extended in length and scope.
MPs have said that regulations to protect the environment are important. Their new report comes as Government culls environmental regulations as part of its drive to cut red tape (Noise Bulletin April p2).
Due to the continued success of its UKAS and traceable calibration business, Campbell Associates has extended its offices at Dunmow in Essex, with the addition of a new calibration laboratory. Three pieces of kit can now be calibrated simultaneously.
Etsu. Unlawful and not fair
There has been further criticism, of Etsu from wind turbine expert Dick Bowdler.
Enough is enough? Lincs and Wales revolts
Politicians in Lincolnshire and Wales have both put down a marker against unfettered expansion of wind turbines.
Lincs loses patience with turbines
Lincolnshire county councillors want a halt to the “unrestrained invasion of wind turbines across Lincolnshire”.
Visual impact and community benefit are less important than noise and local jobs when people are considering whether to support or oppose an onshore wind farm in their local area, according to a new poll.
Measurement firm Brüel & Kjær has launched its Measurement Partner Suite – free, post-processing software for sound level meters and hand-hand analysers.
The Institute of Acoustics has welcomed the news that acoustics is among eight out of 24 regulations that are to be retained in the Government’s new School Premises Regulations due to be announced in September.
More payments due to Essex bungle
Essex County Council and Epping Forest Council have been forced to make further payments due to a bungled waste site permit.
A night time call-out service run by Hartlepool Council to clampdown on noise nuisance has begun operating for the summer.
Swiss researchers have studied the science of awakenings due to bell noise.
Action day again
Despite little central help, councils and other organisations managed to put on a good show for Noise Action Week, finds Lis Stedman
Experts mull nuisance progress
Practical guidance on dealing with a range of noise nuisance issues was on offer at a recent CIEH conference. Lisa Russell reports
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May 2012 issue 62
Complaint prompts libel row
A bitter noise complaint has spilled over into the High Court.
EIA at centre of High Court ruling
Moving the site of a proposed rubbish plant did not require a new noise impact survey, the High Court has said.
Action week: still a force to be reckoned with
Local authorities and housing providers are showing a strong interest in Noise Action Week, even though only electronic resources are available to support it this time around.
Etsu and AM condition scrutiny
A methodology intended to patch up gaps in Etsu wind turbine assessment – dubbed the IoA Bulletin Agreement – may worsen noise.
RES to vary Den Brook condition?
Wind farm developer RES is consulting on a variation of a tight condition on amplitude modulation (AM) at the proposed Den Brook wind farm in Devon.
Airfield rap for Hambleton
Failure to tackle a noisy airfield has landed Hambleton Council, with an Ombudsman censure.
Olympics push for night time deliveries
Out of hours deliveries will be encouraged during the Olympic period in a bid to reduce road congestion at peak times.
Video sets out benefits of vehicle noise cuts
Three European environmental pressure groups have come together to produce a video on the proposed tightening of vehicle noise standards.
Scotland adopts devolution
Epuk Scotland is going its own way thanks to funding from Scottish Government which will allow Epuk Scotland (EPS) to employ two part-time members of staff.
Epuk membership: 50% subs cut agreed
Epuk member organisations will by now have received membership details for the 2012/13 financial year.
Brickbats awarded for noise failures
Noisedirect, which operates a noise advice service for the public, has revealed the winners of its Blue Mu awards for doing little or nothing to prevent noise nuisance or improve the noise environment. Blue Mu is based on the Japanese Kanjii symbol for nothing, the awards are “to noise what the Razzies are to the Oscars”.
How the Americans tackle noise
The UK Government wants localism and cut central guidance. The US abolished federal noise enforcement 30 years ago – leading to a myriad of local noise byelaws. Is this the future for Britain?
Vegetation: can it cut noise?
Researchers from around the world, including the UK, have been studying how trees and other vegetation can screen or alter the noise we hear. Lisa Russell looks at some of the findings.
Halton Housing Trust has used Campbell Associates’ Norsonic 140NNR kits for its first eviction based on noise nuisance. Evidence was gathered by the equipment to provide evidence of breaches of a noise abatement notice put on Sally Johnson’s flat in Clapgate, Widnes.
Thurrock Council has obtained a five year ASBO for a persistent noise maker.
Further environmental contracts, which include noise assessment, have been awarded by HS2, the group promoting the proposed high speed railway line to the north of England.
The Environment Agency is seeking tenderers for a c£80,000 contract to calibrate its noise instruments.
Turkish researchers have translated European noise maps into noise insulation maps.
International Noise Action day was marked in the UK with MP Bob Russell tabling an Early Day Motion in Parliament supporting increased efforts on nuisance noise.
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April 2012 issue 61
PPG24 out, tranquillity in
The National Planning Policy Framework is in – with tranquillity explicitly recognised despite just 47 pages of policy.
Guidance: in or out?
So it looks as though planning guidance, such as Planning Policy Guidance PPG24 on noise, is now superseded. Or is it?
Laminate flooring spat lands £140,000 costs
Residents of a posh flat have lost their court bid against noise from an upstairs neighbour caused by a laminate floor. Costs amounted to £140,000.
Epuk down but Noise Action Week thrives
Noise Action Week is going ahead this year despite the demise in its current form of parent organisation
A High Court appeal that appeared to suggest granting of planning permission changed the character of the area could lead to difficulties for local authorities.
Fixed complaint threshold challenged
A huge High Court case – focussing on odour but resolved based on many noise nuisance precedents – has thrown out an earlier appeal judgement which suggested fixed numbers of complaints as a means of judging nuisance.
Process noise leads to fine
Dudley MBC has been told by the Ombudsman to pay £7,000 compensation to residents near a foundry due to noise and smells. The council’s unwillingness to prosecute a permitted process because of potential loss of jobs was at the heart of the dispute.
London Assembly revisits Heathrow
London Assembly members, fearing further expansion at Heathrow, have revisited the issue of noise at the airport. A new report includes calls for:
Red tape conclusions drawn
Environmental regulation appears to have emerged relatively unscathed from cuts in “red tape”.
Council adopts 2km separation zone
North Yorkshire County Council has adopted as policy the need for a 2km separation distance between large wind turbines and houses.
Injunction to stop noisy car cruisers
An injunction has been granted to tackle nuisance from 200 car cruisers at a retail park near Nottingham.
As part of the drive to cut ‘red tape, Defra is consulting on the code of practice on ice cream van chimes.
Wales does it quietly
Lis Stedman takes a closer look at Welsh plans to designate quiet areas. There are far fewer candidate quiet areas than mooted a few years ago
Noises off (for eight years)
One man’s eight-year struggle to get respite from noisy neighbours offers lessons for local authorities and housing associations, reports Lisa Russell
The number of nuisance complaints has dropped massively, CIEH statistics suggest. For 2010/11, the latest data available,
NI neighbourhood regulations now in
The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (Northern Ireland) has come into force. Guidance has been issued on how to deal with nuisances such as noisy alarms and licensees’ premises.
Landlords’ ASB tool launched
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has launched a new tool designed to help social landlords highlight the impact of anti social behaviour (ASB) on the wider community.
Ian Bromilow joins Vanguardia as principal consultant. Bromilow has worked for Atkins, Sandy Brown and BDP and most recently was freelance.
IOA to sponsor ‘Noise Oscar’ again
The IOA is again sponsoring a Noise Abatement Society John Connell Award.
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March 2012 issue 60
Wind slashes 16% off value?
The farmhouse at the centre of the high profile Deeping St Nicholas wind farm nuisance case has been sold at a 16% loss.
Durham council rapped for allowing nuisance
Durham County Council has been found to be incompetent and neglectful by granting planning permission for cattle buildings next to housing.
Many noise complaints are not investigated by councils, Noisedirect believes.
Royal Parks win licence review
Westminster has ‘lost’ its battle to protect residents from excess noise from Hyde Park.
Web helps Matron investigations
Environmental health officers can now use the web to remotely monitor investigation progress with Bruel & Kjaer’s Matron Live neighbour noise monitoring system.
Noise is no longer a priority for London, it appears.
Westminster City Council believes it is the UK’s busiest noise team.
HS2 Ltd has appointed Arup, supported by URS, to carry out environmental overview services.
Wales consults on quiet areas
Wales has set out quiet areas in line with European Noise Directive plans.
Noise must figure in air quality planning
Welsh Government is warning local authorities that they must consider noise when carrying out air quality planning.
Heathrow complaints up
Noise complaints have shot up at Heathrow since the airport commenced its mixed mode trial.
Noise will be a ‘placeholder’ (ie reserve) indicator in the proposed performance indicators for the new public health set up.
Public health advice
CIEH has produced suggestions on how environmental health professionals can engage with the new public health service.
Noise Action Week
As Noise Bulletin went to press, the Noise Action Week website and associated Twitter account suggests the event will go ahead this year in May.
An 18 year old Great Yarmouth girl who stabbed her neighbour to death because of motorcycle noise has escaped a murder charge but has been found guilty of manslaughter.
Status quo justifies noise
A controversial judgement on speedway noise has been overturned on appeal. It sets a precedent that planning permission can legitimise what could be considered a noise nuisance.
Elmbridge is looking to further develop its online Noise Toolkit by producing an app that would see the key functions of the Toolkit developed for smart phones and tablets.
Royal Haskoning and DHV intend to merge to create a top 10 independently owned global engineering consultancy, (and within the top 40 overall).
The European Commission has brought together all existing EU legislation governing environmental impact assessments to simplify the process.
CA gets UKAS
Campbell Associates has been UKAS accredited for its calibration service for measurement microphones.
What worth is quiet?
As Wales sets out its quiet areas Lis Stedman looks at a report valuing the importance of quiet areas
Noise and health revisited
Two new reports published by Defra highlight the unseen harm that high noise levels can do both to people’s pockets and to their health. Lisa Russell reports
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January/February 2012 issue 59
Salford will ignore complaints
Salford has spelled out which noise nuisances it will investigate – and those it won’t, even if it risks breaching its statutory duty on nuisance.
Fullabrook monitoring agreed
The controversial North Devon Fullabrook wind farm is being fully commissioned. The council has negotiated increased monitoring to check there is no excess noise at nearby properties.
Elmbridge, which has won recognition for its work on publicising noise nuisance, is seeking to produce a code of practice for licensed premises. It is looking for partners and may tie the initiative into Noise Action Week.
Westminster serves improvement notice
Westminster has served an improvement notice on a landlord when it became clear the premises were too hot and too noisy to open windows forming a category one HHSRS hazard.
AM Condition refused in Biggleswade wind appeal judgement
A planning inspector has refused to use a planning condition to cover amplitude modulation for the Langford wind farm, near Biggleswade, which he has approved in a recent planning appeal judgement.
Taylor takes it
Defra has appointed consultant Rupert Taylor to study the impact of historic policy interventions on noise. The research aims to support the objectives of the Noise Policy Statement for England (Noise Bulletin December 2011 p4).
AM condition runs late
Work on framing an acceptable planning condition for wind turbine amplitude modulation is running late.
Two states get tougher
Australia’s New South Wales Government – and the Danish – have introduced new noise rules for wind turbines which include a low frequency component.
The IoA has released details of its wind farm noise assessment working group.
Contours don’t match complaints
A policy document from the Civil Aviation Authority accepts that shrinking noise contours have not led to reduced noise complaints.
Noise more annoying, suggests Rickaby
Mike Rickaby of the London Borough of Hillingdon believes that aircraft noise may be more annoying than conventional metrics suggest.
Wandsworth and Lambeth clash at Clapham
Wandsworth is expressing concern at neighbouring Lambeth’s proposals to increase noise on Clapham Common in south London.
Kettering gets tough
Kettering has served a noise abatement notice on a couple who made too much noise.
Vehicle limits toughened
The European Commission has proposed stricter noise emission limits for cars, vans, lorries and buses.
NoiseSentinel chosen for Crossrail project
Brüel & Kjær’s real-time noise monitoring subscription service, NoiseSentinel, is set to ensure the compliance of the Crossrail construction works.
Further improvement to Casella kit
Casella has made further improvements to its CEL-630 series of sound level meters, which it describes as one of the smallest devices of its kind currently available in the market place.
South London firm Metal & Waste Recycling Ltd has been fined £150,000 with £40,000 costs in Woolwich Crown Court.
CIEH poll reveals cuts
The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health recently asked its members how cuts were affecting out of hours services.
Out of hours being cut
Following on from CIEH’s survey Lis Stedman talks to some councils about their hours noise services, and how they are faring in the face of cuts
Firework noise affects human rights?
The European Court has dismissed a case involving noise from fireworks in Malta. A resident complained his Article 8 human rights to peaceful enjoyment of his property were being breached by fireworks displays.
Noise prompts tunnels for HS2
Concerns about noise has prompted increased tunnelling for the HS2 rail link. The Government has confirmed
Truck firm fine
Delivery and engine noise has cost a firm £15,000 in court.
Brighton pilots soundscape art
A pilot project has shown that introducing a pleasant soundscape outside a cluster of nightclubs may help reduce noisy behaviour among the revellers.
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December 2011 issue 58
Wind case settled
The long running nuisance case centred on wind turbines at Deeping St Nicholas in Lincolnshire has been settled.
Partial turn off for East Yorks wind farm
Noise nuisance provisions have been triggered at an East Yorkshire wind farm.
Injunction renewed to stop boy racers
Birmingham Community Safety Partnership, with the support of West Midlands Police, has successfully secured a two year extension to an Injunction Order under section 222 of the Government Act 1972, preventing anti social boy racers from car-cruising in Castle Vale and surrounding area, within Birmingham.
Loudness saves lives?
A noisy motorbike was partly to blame for the injury of a horse rider, a court says.
Epuk to cease trading
Environmental Protection UK is set to cease trading in March. Efforts are being made to allow the 113 year old charity to continue in voluntary form.
AM condition: more findings
Renewable Energy Systems has reaffirmed its opposition to the use of conditions to control amplitude modulation.
IoA is holding a conference in wind turbine noise in Cardiff on the 26th January. Topics such as the Den Brook amplitude modulation condition (above) are being discussed. l More details www.ioa.org.uk
A new report published by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment (DOE), finds a total of 11,585 complaints were received by district councils in 2010-11 compared to 11,687 for 2009/10. There were 24 prosecutions brought in 2010-11 compared to eight in 2009-10.
Brüel & Kjær’s new 2270-G can be linked with a screen to show coloured sound power contours from a noise source.
A Nailsea couple has been fined hundreds of pounds for failing to comply with a noise abatement notice slapped on their barking dogs.
Euro levels mapped
European citizens will soon be able to access and upload data on noise levels in their area with a new application.
Aecom sets out to find levels
Consultant Aecom has been appointed by Defra to identify, where possible, appropriate lowest observed adverse Effect levels (LOAELs) and significant observed adverse effect levels (SOAELS) for a range of noise source/effects based on strong scientific evidence in support of the Noise Policy Statement for England.
Second round of mapping begins
Defra has advertised for contractors to carry out the second round of noise mapping to comply with the European Noise Directive.
Defra assesses recent policy intervention
Defra is looking to study the effectiveness of recent noise policies.
Out-of-hours Olympic deliveries possible
Transport for London has released the results of a series of trials of out-of-hours deliveries conducted with a number of London boroughs, and a range of businesses including supermarkets, pubs and hotels in advance of the London 2012 Games.
Air noise changes
The European Commission has adopted a policy document on aviation that could influence aircraft noise.
Licensing Act causes grief
Licensing Act changes have not gone down well. Small wonder if you can organise a party for 5,000 without getting permission, finds Lis Stedman
Noise Abatement Society has concerns
The Noise Abatement Society has also responded to the Government’s plans to deregulate licensing.
Awards celebrate excellence
Lis Stedman finds out who won what at the annual Noise Abatement Society John Connell awards
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November 2011 issue 57
Mixed result in nightclub row
The Ministry of Sound nightclub in south London has succeeded in preventing one ‘bad neighbour’ development – but lost against another.
Defra is to carry out research to cost the impact of noise on biodiversity. To date costings of the impact of noise have included human health and amenity but not impact on biodiversity.
Spaldington: AM condition not justified
Use of the Den Brook amplitude modulation condition has been rejected by the planning inspector at an appeal inquiry for two wind farms at Spaldington, East Yorkshire. One farm was rejected on noise grounds, the other approved.
Dismay over demise of PPG 24
A heated debate raged on PPG24 and what – if anything – will replace it at the recent Association of Noise Consultants annual conference held in Birmingham last week.
... & IoA PPG24 fears
The Institute of Acoustics has added its fears to the debate about the National Planning Policy Framework.
An insurance broker has warned consultants to look at the small print in their insurance contracts to make sure noise is covered.
Heat pump noise spreads to 45m
There is a large difference in noise outputs between the best and the worst air source heat pumps, a study has revealed.
Sonic experiments underway in Brighton
The Noise Abatement Society is involved in a series of sonic artworks to ‘challenge notions of sound in public places’ as part of the Brighton White Night event.
Noise on the telly
Newcastle upon Tyne and other councils are to feature in a fly in the wall TV documentary. Noise Squad has 15 45-minute daily episodes starting at 11am on 5th December. Set your TV recorders!
The European Court of Human Rights has found against a member state for unnecessarily dragging out action on noise.
Noise ‘too big to ignore’
A gathering of wind energy experts has been told that amplitude modulation is “too big to ignore”.
The IoA is once again sponsoring a John Connell Technology Award for efforts on noise.
There has been further bad news for those that want a third runway at Heathrow.
Etsu patch questioned
The IoA agreement was intended to patch up gaps in Etsu wind turbine guidance, but is it wrong? Jack Pease looks at the latest developments
Amplitude modulation condition defended with real data
Real wind data has been used to test the Den Brook wind farm amplitude modulation condition.
Noise Council update at last?
Newly published research into the impact of outdoor concert noise is being used to inform a revision of the Noise Council code of practice. Lisa Russell reports
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October 2011 issue 56
Epuk: Stevens departs
Epuk’s policy chief and noise specialist Mary Stevens is to leave Environmental Protection UK. She has been there since 1988.
IoA agreement worsens noise, says Stigwood
Consultant Mike Stigwood has reviewed the use of the “IoA agreement” which was intended to improve the use of Etsu for wind turbine assessments.
l A copy of the MAS Study of article method versus ETSU-R-97 can be down-loaded from www.masenv.co.uk/publications
As Noise Bulletin went to press, an appeal inspector for turbines at Spaldington in East Yorks said amplitude modulation conditions were not enforceable. More details next month.
Homeowners complain of ‘gun shot’ noises
Loud cracking noises in new homes have been investigated in a report.
Challenge to AM condition
Wind farm developer RES is to question the amplitude modulation condition placed on the Den Brook wind farm. Meanwhile the industry is contacting planning authorities to “prevent them using” the condition.
Licensing relaxation goes to consultation
The Culture Department is consulting on relaxing entertainment licences. Noise is considered in the consultation.
Turbines and pumps permitted
Permitted development rights have been granted for wind turbines and other green infrastructure.
Rapidly-expanding Temple Group has appointed Dani Fiumicelli as technical director.
Key noise level study for policy statement
Defra is seeking research contractors to help set noise levels to support the Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE).
News from Acoustics 2011 IoA conference in Glasgow
Etsu too prescriptive: Bowdler
Etsu wind planning guidelines are too prescriptive to work, says consultant Dick Bowdler.
Bowdler: Pan 1/2011
Consultant Dick Bowdler told the conference of his concerns over the recent planning and noise (PAN) guidance for Scotland (NB April p8).
Perkins sets out wind probe
Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Richard Perkins told the IoA Glasgow conference about progress towards good practice guidance on Etsu.
Henley goes Defra noise minister Lord Henley has been replaced by Lord Taylor (of Holbeach). Henley has gone to the Home Office.
Car wash approved with conditions
A car wash has been given the all-clear following an appeal centred on noise nuisance.
Norsonic helps Goodwood keep the peace
Norsonic has successfully installed a new noise monitoring and planning system at Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester.
Welsh wind respite
Over a thousand signatures have been gathered for a Welsh petition on wind farms.
Rushlight is repeating its successful awards scheme for technology. A noise abatement category is designed to include any type of technology, innovation, material and procedure that either prevents or reduces noise l More details of the annual award scheme can be found on www.rushlight awards.co.uk
£5,500 fine for noise
Noisy neighbours from Woodhall Spa, near Lincoln, have been fined over £5,500 and had their TV, stereo and DVD player confiscated by magistrates.
Professor Bridget Shield has been awarded the Institute of Acoustics RWB Stephens Medal for her “outstanding contribution” to research and education.
Pop noise study concludes
In November 2009 Vanguardia was awarded a Defra research contract, (NANR 297) to review the environmental noise at concerts. Data has now been collected and published.
Wind turbine manufacturer Proven Energy has gone into administration.
10 minute rule causes concern
Airport campaign group Hacan says BAA is planning a ‘ten minute rule’ whereby planes that are more than ten minutes late can land on the ‘wrong’ runway.
Bruel & Kjaer has launched an updated version of its Predictor noise mapping software
Southampton Solent University is the latest centre to deliver tutored distance learning for the Institute of Acoustics' Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.
Why noise matters?
Lis Stedman reviews a new book out with contributions from internationally renowned noise experts and protesters
Why Noise Matters: A Worldwide Perspective on the Problems, Policies and Solutions By John Stewart with Arline Bronzaft, Francis McManus, Nigel Rodgers and Val Weedon is available, price £24.99 from Earthscan www.earthscan.co.uk/?TabId=102825&v=513674
Pressure on planning revamp
Pressure is growing on the Government to review plans to create a presumption in favour of development.
Mayor reveals updated London plan
The Mayor has produced his London Plan which sets out planning policy for new developments and guides boroughs through their LDFs (Local Development Frameworks).
Turbine case held
The case of a homeowner seeking an injunction against a “noisy” wind farm has overrun and been adjoined until November.
Danish go low
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has said it will introduce a new indoor limit to reduce nuisance from low frequen
Back to court for Elvington
Elvington racetrack is once again appealing against a noise abatement notice.
Red tape purge turns to enforcement
The Government’s war against red tape and unnecessary regulation has turned its focus onto regulatory enforcement.
Consultants’ join exodus to Xodus
A number of ex-Bureau Veritas consultants have joined the growing 19-strong acoustics team at Xodus Aurora.
Edinburgh’s guide to busking
Buskers in the Edinburgh are being encouraged to be more considerate in a new crack-down on noise and anti-social behaviour.
The UK Noise Association is encouraging the public to fill in a noise survey.
l It can be found on http://freeonlinesurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?sid=o3tlmuvsev48j64927912
TRL considers risks from quiet cars
DfT commissioned TRL to look at the safety issues of quiet vehicles such as electric or hybrid cars. There are concerns that at slow speeds, these vehicles could lead to more pedestrian accidents, especially among those with poor eyesight.
Noise annoyance surveyed by Dutch team
Groningen University researchers in the Netherlands have launched a survey into the nature of noise annoyance.
A bedsit can be used as a commercial kitchen preparing Indian food, an appeal inspector has ruled.
There has been a sharp rise in fixed penalty notices issued for noise, Parliament has been told.
Herefordshire Council has run a summer trial of a night-time noise response service.
Tower Hamlets council and the police have taken on new powers to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour.
More anti social eviction powers
Social landlords may be given strengthened powers to evict ‘neighbours from hell’.
Watts sets out tranquillity formula
Former TRL quiet area guru Greg Watts, now at Bradford University, has proposed a tranquillity formula which could increase the benefits of visiting urban and country parks.
Heathrow Airport may trial use of ‘operational freedoms’.
BA concedes BA appears to have accepted there will be no Heathrow third runway.
US wind farm views
The US Acoustic Ecology Institute has updated a report on wind farm noise.
ICBEN comes to London
Issues related to the Noise Policy Statement for England and new forthcoming guidance were on the agenda in July at the issue-packed ICBEN conference, reports Lisa Russell (and more from the conference in our next issue!)
Guidelines for quiet deliveries
The Noise Abatement Society has been involved with quiet deliveries over the past few years which has led to joint guidelines, finds Lis Stedman
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July 2011 issue 54
Acoustics and noise consultants review 2011
Our much anticipated ranking and review of consultants involved in environmental noise
Etsu: new guide needed
Wind turbine specialist consultant Hayes McKenzie has completed its review on the consistency of Etsu guidance. It has proposed new ‘best practice guidance’.
Birmingham City loses 5-a-side battle
Birmingham City Council has been rapped by a judge for failing to talk to a business on which it had served an abatement notice.
Highland Council placed a temporary stop on a wind farm to force the operator to comply with noise conditions.
A DfT-commissioned study suggests that quieter deliveries could cut delivery costs and pollution by shifting commercial deliveries away from peak times.
15m turbines assessed wrongly?
An expert report submitted in response to a planning application for a 15m tall wind turbine has highlighted arguments against medium sized wind turbines.
Final renewables NPS tabled
National Policy Statement (NPS) EN3 for renewables – which include large wind farms – has been put before Parliament in its final form.
Lords discuss minimum separation
The House of Lords have further discussed the issue of imposing minimum distances on wind turbine developers. A proposed Bill has little chance of becoming law, but has gathered considerable support at Westminster.
10 million affected, says Which?
At least five million people are currently annoyed with their neighbour, and over 10 million have had a neighbour problem in the last year – but a quarter fail to take any action, claims consumer group Which?
Complaints guidance released
Defra has finally released a methodology for dealing with wind farm noise complaints.
Who won the windfarm war?
BBC’s Windfarm Wars provided a stark insight into wind turbine planning and noise issues. Jack Pease offers his opinion and reviews the programme
Planning futures considered
The Institute of Acoustics gathered noise and planning specialists together to discuss where things are going. Lis Stedman reports
Inadequate housing accounts for over 100 000 deaths per year in the WHO European region and causes or contributes to many preventable diseases and injuries, including respiratory, nervous system and cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
EU report welcomed
The European Environment Bureau has welcomed the Commission’s adoption of a report on the 2002 Environmental Noise Directive.
Heathrow Airport has published its noise action plan.
MP Joan Walley tabled a Parliamentary question asking the Home Office what instances there were of abuse by a local authority of its powers in connection with the investigation of neighbour noise complaints. None have been reported.
A German Environment Agency survey suggests that road traffic is the greatest source of noise for some 70,000 respondents.
SEPA shake up
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) says that its consultation on changes to regulation has received broad support.
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June 2011 issue 53
Amplitude modulation conditions approved
In what is expected to be the final chapter of the long running Den Brook wind farm ‘war’, both sides have claimed success in the High Court. The wind farm gets the go ahead – but stringent amplitude modulation conditions are confirmed and likely to be used elsewhere.
Defra has updated its research plans.
Epuk has reported continuing delays in publication of research on wind turbine noise.
Noise and other ‘services’ costed
Defra has released a study that assigns costs to noise and other environmental issues. The costings have been embraced by the Natural Environment White Paper released this week.
DfT revamps cost benefit analysis
The DfT has added a new tool to its suite of guidance for assessing transport infrastructure.
White paper affects noise
Noise features in a new natural environment white paper. Noise wasn’t mentioned in the initial draft (Noise Bulletin Aug/Sept 2010 p4).
Details emerge of industry amplitude modulation study
While taking the official line that amplitude modulation is not a problem, Renewable UK (formerly the British wind Energy Association) has bowed to the inevitable and is funding a comprehensive study into the phenomena.
Planning reform: hints given
A glimpse of the shape of future streamlined planning system have been included in the new environment White Paper
Experts suggest wording of planning policy
A group of Government-selected planning experts have proposed a wording for the overarching planning policy framework. The framework is intended to be a short overarching policy statement to replace current policy and accompanying detailed guidance such as PPG24 on noise (see above).
Turbine noise in Rome
Wind turbine experts gathered in Rome recently to discuss noise. Low frequency noise and amplitude modulation provided plenty to talk about
Heathrow plans to revamp noise schemes
Heathrow Airport is consulting on changes to noise amelioration policies including the Cranford Agreement.
Night flight delay
A consultation on changes to night flights at London airports has been delayed until Spring 2012.
Councillor wants 2km turbine separation
South Cambridgeshire Council has passed a motion requesting that wind turbines have a 2km separation zone and developers prove they cause no harm.
Councils spring to action
Lis Stedman finds out whether budget cuts have dampened the ardour of local authorities and other organisations taking part in Noise Action Week
Wales finalises quiet area guidance
Draft guidance on noise action planning and quiet areas has been firmed up by the Welsh Assembly.
The Campaign for Better Tyres has published tyre comparison data to help fleet managers choose better tyres to improve the economical, environmental and safety performance of their vehicles.
A Wiltshire stonemason firm has been fined £20,000 for failure to comply with a noise abatement notice.
A planning enforcement notice issued by West Lancashire Borough Council ordering the motocross track at Leisure Lakes, near Tarleton to cease operating has been confirmed by the Planning Inspectorate and an appeal by the operator dismissed.
Transport for London is considering relaxing overnight delivery restrictions during the Olympic games.
Last month energy and climate secretary Chris Huhne confirmed tougher-than-expected carbon targets as set by the independent Committee on Climate Change.
Europe seeks help
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has advertised a vacancy for project manager for managing its noise reporting and assessments.
Scottish Borders has released special planning guidance for wind turbines.
The EU has announced plans to make cars and lorries quieter
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May 2011 issue 52
Gorsedd cements Etsu fears
Etsu wind turbine guidance has once again been undermined in the written judgement just released for the Gorsedd Bran wind turbine appeal.
Euro noise award
Coinciding with International Noise Awareness Day on 27th April, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) are seeking submissions for the new European Soundscape Award which will recognise innovative solutions to noise problems.
Noise directive ‘bureaucratic’: UKNA
The UK Noise Association has called on the Government to drop “bureaucratic” legislation imposed on it by Brussels.
Hyde Park win
Vanguardia Consulting has won the noise management and control contract for all concerts at Hyde Park for the next two years.
Roadside tests evaluated
DfT commissioned TRL to look at possible tests for roadside vehicle noise testing.
More regulation, not less
A Government website set up with the aim of cutting red tape appears to be gathering support for more regulation on noise, not less.
Endangered sounds captured ‘forever’
The British Library’s UK SoundMap now has nearly 1800 recordings as it nears the end of the 12 month project.
York reviews enforcement year
York has reviewed its noise enforcement work for the period 2010-11.
Law firm Hugh James is launching a class action against The Monckton Coke and Chemical for compensation in relation to the noise, odour and dust nuisance coming from its site located at Royston in Barnsley.
Local Government Regulation – formerly Lacors – has outlined how it will function following drastic cuts of 45%.
Free tyre guide
Epuk has produced free tyre procurement guidance for fleet managers as part of the Campaign for Better Tyres.
US research needs
The US Transportation Research Board has outlined key research needs for noise and aviation.
Belgian researchers have looked at the use of cheap microphones for use in environmental noise
Taiwanese researchers have confirmed a link between road noise and high blood pressure (hypertension).
Men suffer more from aircraft
Men may suffer more from aircraft noise, Swedish researchers suggest.
Speaking at the recent international wind turbine noise conference held in Rome, consultant Dick Bowdler has outlined the shape of new Renewable UK research into wind farm amplitude modulation (thumping).
Quiet spaces good
A Government survey has highlighted the value of green spaces.
Hinton odour win
Hinton Organics has won a four and a half year long court battle over perceived noise and odour nuisance issues at its composting site near Keynsham, Bristol.
Defra has set out its plans for research. Noise research will be 8% lower in 2011/12 than in the previous year.
Noise compared to air pollution levels...
Belgian researchers have tried to compare noise levels and ultrafine particle concentrations to see if one could be a marker for the other.
...and can confound pollution results
Spanish researchers have tried to tease out the impacts of noise and air pollution on health.
IoA wades into school debate
Deregulation of ‘red tape’ may impact on acoustics standards of schools. The IoA is not happy, finds Lis Stedman
Costing noise. £££s or DALYs?
Measuring and costing the health impacts of environmental factors such as noise is beset with uncertainties but a clearer picture is emerging of how much harm can be done, says Lisa Russell
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April 2011 issue 51
WHO costs health impacts
The influential world Health Organisation has costed the impact of traffic noise in Europe.
Small turbines ‘not quiet’
Small wind turbines are not quiet, Aecom’s Dani Fiumicelli told an IoA eastern region meeting in Braintree last month.
Aussie consultant proposes wind guidelines
Australian noise consultant Noise Management Services has suggested separation zones of 2km to avoid noise disturbance from wind farms.
Elmbridge plugs gap with out-of-hours toolkit
Closure of Elmbridge’s out of hours noise service has prompted the council to produce an online toolkit.
Budget cuts guidance
Last month’s Budget has confirmed that planning guidance will be cut to kickstart the economy and cut red tape.
Accon helps quiet area plans
Consultant Accon UK is contributing to the European €5m CityHush project which seeks to quieten urban areas.
Ministers back Epuk’s quiet tyre launch
Transport and environment ministers have formally launched Epuk’s quiet tyre initiative.
No noise HA
The Highways Agency has released its latest business plan for 2011/12.
Government restarts probe into aviation
A broad-based consultation has been launched by the Government aimed at improving the sustainability of UK aviation.
Noise spillage spotted at hall
Monitor equipment by Norsonic has been used in a novel way to spot noise spillage from a medieval hall in Norwich City Centre.
Webtrak software for Copenhagen airport
Copenhagen Airport has chosen monitor manufacturer Brüel & Kjær for a new noise and flight monitoring system upgrade.
Clarke to retire
Tim Clarke, pollution control manager at Bristol City Council, is to take early retirement next month.
The Noise Abatement Society has launched a new “e-zine”.
Councils are making their biggest cuts in central management, in response to Government spending restrictions
DVD on noise
Consultant Encentre has produced a DVD aimed at explaining the noise complaints procedure.
Road noise reviewed
An issue of TRL’s Current Topics includes over 40 abstracts of reports, conference papers, books and journal articles which focus on the ongoing, worldwide requirement for low noise surfaces.
Court sets WHO precedent?
Last month a hotly-fought fight between householders and a motor sports venue came to a head at the High Court. Jack Pease considers the arguments
Scotland bucks guidance trend
Lis Stedman looks at revised planning guidance on noise in Scotland
February/March 2011 issue 50
Speedway prompts damages
Complainants have won a long running battle against a speedway stadium which was causing noise disturbance near their home in Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Fight looms on high speed link noise
The Government has outlined plans for the proposed route of the high speed rail line from London to the West Midlands. HS2 is the first phase of a national high speed network capable of accommodating trains running at 250 mph.
Wales forges ahead on quiet areas
The Welsh Assembly Government has released a consultation on designation of quiet areas and noise action planning areas.
Wind farm conditions ‘minefield’
Wind farm conditions are a “minefield” claimed Welsh planning inspectorate chief John Davies.
Etsu undermined by Gorsedd Bran decision
An appeal has been rejected leaving further question marks over the future of Etsu wind turbine guidance.
Slimline guidance for Scotland
As England backs away from planning guidance, Scotland has re-released planning guidance on noise.
Cirrus launches nuisance Trojan
Noise monitor equipment manufacturer Cirrus Research has launched a new noise nuisance recorder, the Trojan.
A WHO report on the health impacts of noise is due to report shortly.
Turner comes in
Stephen Turner has left Bureau Veritas to take up position as head of the noise and nuisance technical and evidence team at Defra.
Air costs claim
HACAN has published a study from consultants CE Delft which claims that sleep disturbance at Heathrow is costing the country so much money in terms of poor health, early death and low productivity at work that it would almost certainly help the economy if flights were banned before 6am.
Scots heed microgen fears
Planning controls for microgeneration in Scotland have been deregulated – but only partially, taking heed of fears that domestic wind turbines and heat pumps can create noise nuisance.
LTp replacement includes noise indicator
The funding mechanism that will replace the Local Transport Plan regime has been announced. Noise impacts are included.
Weedon teams up with Noisedirect
Val Weedon, a leading anti-noise campaigner, has been appointed creative consultant for Noisedirect, a dedicated noise service provided by Sanctum Consultants.
NI noise complaints rise again
Northern Ireland environment minister Edwin Poots has urged councils to step up efforts to drive down the level of noise nuisance. A new report revealed that noise complaints rose by 5% over the past year.
Danish researchers believe road traffic noise can increase the likelihood of a stroke among the over-65s.
Live music Bill
The Government has given provisional backing to a Live Music Bill at its Second Reading in the House of Lords.
Epuk warns on ‘red tape’ cuts
Epuk has cautioned against the Government’s plans to cut planning ‘red tape’ – such as guidance on environmental issues.
Regs cuts threaten schools
In a unusual move, the Institute of Acoustics has criticised the watering down of school noise standards in a bid to cut red tape.
London airport noise reductions
Noise contours have been released for the three main London airports for 2009 and show a dramatic reduction – mostly due to reductions in traffic volumes.
Finnish firm moots UK rental service
APL Systems from Finland has developed a series of noise monitoring products that are claimed to have endured tens of thousands of hours of uninterrupted operation in the harsh weather of Scandinavia.
2260 Investigator out
B&K is ceasing production of its long running Sound Level Meter Type 2260.
Three Spires Acoustics has relaunched a new website which includes quick links to many useful noise policy documents, web pages and podcasts.
Noise: coming to your back yard?
Noise complaints about a 15m-high wind turbine in East Renfrewshire have focused attention on the information required to assess the impact of the smaller wind developments that are springing up. Lisa Russell reports.
What will replace ASBOs?
The proposed demise of ASBOs had been a worry – they were useful for controlling noise. Luckily, noise figures in new proposals, finds Lis Stedman
Missed opportunity for police powers
Epuk says it is disappointed that the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, currently progressing through Parliament, has missed the opportunity to give the police similar powers to the local authority to take action on noise – the police have powers to act in Scotland under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.
January Issue 49
Civil Aviation Act order made
In what is thought to be the first use of a little known clause of the Civil Aviation Act, residents have succeeded in winning an order that could quieten flying activities at an airfield on the outskirts of High Wycombe.
Mayor no longer required to produce strategy
The Government’s Localism Bill will allow the Government to pass on EU fines to councils and removes the requirement for the London Mayor to produce a dedicated noise strategy.
Hepworth helps out at Coronation Street
Hepworth Acoustics has been appointed by ITV as acoustic consultant for the move of Coronation Street and ITV offices to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays in 2012.
Usual suspects overlooked
Defra has awarded a contract on the health effects of noise to a team including the Health and Safety Laboratory, an arm of the Health and Safety Executive.
Resident fails to stop extension
An Oxford resident – representing himself in the High Court – has tried and failed to overturn planning permission for a massive £130m extension to Oxford Brookes University on noise grounds.
Eviction notices made easier
So-called neighbours from hell could face swifter eviction, claims housing minister Grant Shapps.
URS completes Scott Wilson reorganisation
The acoustics teams at URS and Scott Wilson have now combined following the merger of the two firms last year (Noise Bulletin October p2).
Turner joins Defra
In a widely anticipated move, Bureau Veritas’s director of acoustics Stephen Turner has joined Defra as head of noise & nuisance technical & evidence team.
MPs criticise Defra
Defra is not best placed to ensure that other Government departments embed sustainability in their operations and policy making, MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee have warned.
The Coalition Government’s cull of quangos has been criticised by the House of Commons Public Administration Committee.
Indicator gives leg-up to noise?
A new indicator on noise to steer public health policy? Jack Pease ponders the future of noise following publication of the Public Health Bill
Planning guidance to be simplified
The Coalition Government has added further detail to its plans to simplify planning guidance.
Survey: how the cuts are biting
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!)
December 2010 issue 48
Noise Bulletin’s wishes all its readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Boost for noise in White Paper?
The Coalition Government’s Public Health White Paper may provide a boost for noise and quiet area policy.
European guide accepts more annoyance
A 2010 European good practice guide on noise exposure and potential health effects suggests a lower threshold level of annoyance for aircraft noise than currently used in the UK for aviation.
More Court action for Elvington
York City Council has once again won a court case and £23,000 in costs backing its action against noisy activities at Elvington Circuit
Noise mentioned in waste water NPS
A draft national policy statement (NPS) on waste water developments has once again flagged up the issue of nuisance under the incoming major projects regime.
£4,000 for intentional nuisance
A Buckinghamshire couple have been told to pay significant compensation to their neighbours following a noise dispute.
High speed link prompts noise pledge
Campaign group Environmental Protection UK has welcomed transport minister Phil Hammond’s pledge to take a detailed look at noise impacts of the proposed High Speed 2 rail link.
Plea for minimum distance
Another attempt has been made to introduce a minimum distance Bill into Parliament covering wind turbines.
Spanish researchers have tried to choose metrics that reflect the impact of noise on personal well being.
3dB is optimal level of reduction
Dutch researchers have studied aircraft noise and found 3dB to be an optimal level of reduction.
Low cost noise mapping method launched
NPL has formerly launched a low cost technique for mapping noise pollution. It claims this could replace current predictive models which rely on assumptions, and will help meet EU directives on noise pollution and inform strategic planning for noise control.
Noise ‘Oscars’ awarded for 2010
Each year the Noise Abatement Society seeks to find out who is doing good work and champion the best. Lis Stedman finds out who has been doing what
Council action: noise action planning tool
After years of talking the talk, Defra finally has something that local authorities can get their teeth into in the noise mapping and action planning process
According to official industry documents seen by The Sunday Telegraph, two companies plan to build wind farms each with turbines about 493ft (150 metres) tall in Norfolk and in Lincolnshire – about 80 feet higher than current large turbines.
TRL has carried out testing of wooden noise barriers typically used on Highways Agency roads.
Heat pump call
Decc is seeking tenderers to research noise from air source heat pumps.
B&K joins suites
Brüel & Kjær has launched its new integrated Predictor-LimA software
Noise Action Week 2011 will take place on 23-27 May.
Leeds students’ TVs, stereos and laptops have been seized for ignoring late night noise warnings
The European Commission is looking at a strategy that will try to ensure better compliance with environmental laws.
Norwegian researchers have found that traffic noise can affect sleep, but found no link between noise and cardiovascular problems.
The PARTNER grouping has issued a report on aircraft noise health effects.
Website review: who won?
We've repeated our popular review of over 800 noise websites and chosen our winners. Non subscribers can view our limited sample here
Industry to pay for wind study
Renewable UK (formerly the British Wind Energy Association) is commissioning research into wind turbine noise.
Subtle changes to energy planning statement
Draft energy national policy statements (NPSs) for power generation have been reissued for comment. A new clause has been added where wind farms only just meet Etsu guidance.
Consultation is underway that may see new schools exempted from the need to get planning permission.
News from the EPUK Noise Update conference held in Birmingham
Web tool nears completion
Defra is nearing completion of an ‘Important Area’ web tool.
Westminster strategy ‘not a burden’
Westminster City Council is one of the few councils in the country with an action plan – and it needn’t be a burden, the council’s Phil McIlwain told the Epuk conference.
Cheap microphones key to noise mapping
Arrays of cheap microphones could be used to validate noise maps.
PPG24 has ‘had its day’ claims Bentley
Sharps Redmore consultant Clive Bentley told the Epuk noise update conference that PPG24 NEC noise categories have had their day.
IoA debates merits of Etsu
A debate on wind turbine noise at last month’s Institute of Acoustics/Association of Noise Consultants’ conference held in Birmingham failed to get past problems with Etsu guidance.
Cuts to hit council spending
Last month’s public spending review has outlined which departments will be cut.
Grugeon arrival prompts further Epuk review
Incoming Epuk chief executive James Grugeon has launched a review of the organisation.
Noise missed out in policy consultation
Epuk has criticised the Government for omitting noise in a discussion document on the natural environment.
Police remove dogs
A North Devon woman has had her dogs seized by police following conviction for breaching a noise abatement notice.
European charges can include noise
EU Ministers have voted in favour of new EU rules to allow member states to charge heavy lorries both for damage to roads but also external environmental costs such as noise and pollution.
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) is the first analysis of the UK’s natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and continuing economic prosperity. It will report in early 2011.
The Government is to consult on a new aviation policy in 2012.
Major changes to south east England airspace have been further postponed.
A study of nearly five million Swiss residents has linked aircraft noise with an increased risk of heart attack.
Casella CEL is re-running its scrappage scheme for monitors – a ‘new-for-old’ replacement scheme for monitoring instruments.
October 2010 issue 46
Turbine to be silenced?
An operator has failed to turn off
a noisy medium-sized wind turbine after being served an
A judicial review of an appeal
decision which gave the go ahead to the Den Brook Wind
Farm has failed.
Quiet surfaces get noisier over
TRL has reported on the speed at
which quiet asphalt surfaces lose performance over time.
Four contracts up for grabs
Despite the current spending
freeze, Defra is seeking tenders for four research
Town crier noise put to the test
Monitor firm Cirrus Research used
its specialist range of noise measurement equipment to
measure the loudest cry at the British Town Crier
Championships held in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
Back to court for Elvington
Elvington Airfield near York is
back in the High Court over excess noise.
Sonic crystals tested as noise
Sonic barriers are being tested as
part of an EPSRC study.
DfT warns that legislation will be
hard to get
DfT’s Iain Forbes told a recent
South Yorks Care4Air conference that policies in future
are set to change following pronouncements from the
incoming coalition Government.
News from Epuk’s wind turbine
conference held in Birmingham
Bradford EHO justifies subjective
Bradford EHO Brian Fairclough told
the Epuk wind conference held in Birmingham last month
how he became embroiled in a planning squabble over a
large wind turbine.
More court action over wind
QC Stephen Tromans told the Epuk
wind turbine conference of the growing number of legal
cases reaching the High Court to do with wind turbines.
Bowdler: noisy, not mysterious
Wind turbine consultant Dick
Bowdler claimed that wind turbine noise can be annoying
– but isn’t mysterious.
Gas turbine lessons
Experience in dealing with low
frequency noise nuisance from gas turbines suggests wind
turbine noise assessment criteria may be unsuitable.
Cobbing: wind nuisance prevention
is better than cure
ARM’s Colin Cobbing argued that
when it comes to wind farms, prevention is better than
Tranquillity benefits outlined
An Epuk report, commissioned by the
City of London, has supported the role of open spaces in
providing tranquillity and improving the environment in
other ways such as air quality.
Strategic planning plea from CPRE
The Campaign for the Protection of
Rural England (CPRE) is calling on ministers not to
abandon strategic planning in their drive to forward the
Government’s localism agenda.
ICBEN comes to London in 2011
The 10th International Congress on
Noise as a Public Health Problem will be held between
July 24th – 28th 2011 in London, organised by the UK
Institute of Acoustics on behalf of the International
Commission on the Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN).
Noise effects lasts into secondary
London researchers believe that
noise impacts on primary school children can last into
the teenage years.
The Welsh Assembly may combine
Environment Agency Wales with other environmental
Scott’s to URS
URS Corporation has bought
consultant Scott Wilson Group.
Transport minister Theresa Villiers
has ruled out further key changes to Heathrow
MK noise up
Vanguardia director, Jim Griffiths,
has won a court battle to significantly change the
licence conditions regarding environmental noise at the
Milton Keynes Bowl.
Epuk on booze
Epuk has recently responded to a
Home Office consultation on proposal
Directive review arrives late
Dutch firm Millieu has carried out
a review of the noise directive. Its findings form the
basis of what might happen next, finds Lis Stedman
Best practice on construction
A recent Institute of Acoustics
meeting offered advice and examples covering approaches
to assessing and mitigating construction noise. Lisa
Aug/Sept 2010 issue 45
Consistency check for Etsu
The Government has commissioned wind power specialist consultancy Hayes McKenzie to look at turbine noise guidance.
Police use meters
Almost 100 vehicles have had their exhausts tested for excessive noise by Suffolk Police.
Appeal fails but assessment criticised
A High Court appeal against six wind turbines in the Lake District has failed.
Action planning: more delays
Crucial guidance to support English noise action planning has been delayed.
New bosses for Environmental Protection UK
James Grugeon has taken over from Philip Mulligan as Epuk’s chief executive. Mulligan left last month
Defra seeks noise staffer
Defra is advertising for a high level technical advisor for its noise team.
No change for final report
The expert report on environmental noise on health has been released in final form.
Human rights breached by noise problem
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that an applicant (called Oluic) had her human rights breached by failure to tackled repeated noise.
CIEH gets Kidney
David Kidney, former MP and climate change minister, has been appointed head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) following his departure from Parliament in the May general election.
An Institute of Acoustics survey of its members suggests 1800 work in industry, commerce and consultancies, 400 work in the academic sector and 450 work in the public sector.
UK Soundmap launch
The UK Soundmap has been launched promising to form a community-led soundscape of Britain.
Temporary Event Notices (TENS) could be changed in a bid to avoid “relentless form filling, high costs and red tape for organising summer street parties and fetes”.
WHO burden talks
The World Health Organisation is holding a meeting on the burden of disease from environmental noise in Bonn on 14-15 October 2010
Consultant Westlakes Scientific Consulting has gone into administration.
White Paper excludes noise
The Government has launched ‘informal’ discussions to shape a White Paper on the environment due in Spring 2011. It doesn’t mention noise.
HPA and RCEP go in latest cuts
More quangos have been cut by the incoming government.
Train idling cut
Noisy train idling will be reduced as a result of East Midlands Trains introducing an energy saving mode on its Meridien trains.
Noise and air linked
The Lisbon Internoise conference has included papers on possible linkages and confounding of noise and air quality impacts in urban areas.
Gatwick green plan
The former BAA Gatwick Airport has launched its first sustainability plan as an independent airport.
Internoise: 845 papers!
There were over 800 papers at the massive Internoise conference held in Lisbon. Lisa Russell and Lis Stedman pick over the best bits
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July 2010 issue 44
Heart effects to enter policy?
The UK may be moving closer towards including noise-prompted deaths as input into planning decisions.
Less noise focus for Lacors?
Local authority group Lacors has published A clean bill of health, a guide that summarises for councillors, and other local decision makers, the health effects of pollution and what councils and their partners can do to improve the health of their communities.
Scotland warned on planning for turbines and heat pumps
Responses have been published to a Scottish consultation on extending permitted development rights to domestic wind turbines and heat pumps.
Birmingham airport sets up Google mapping
Residents and businesses located close to, or looking to relocate near Birmingham Airport, can now use Google Earth to find out about its flight paths, noise insulation scheme, air quality monitoring and other environmental programmes the airport offers.
Coalition Budget cuts, further cuts coming
The Government has published details of the £1.166bn local government contribution to the £6.2bn cross-government savings in 2010/11.
Restructuring of councils in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon has been scrapped.
Wind farm to disturb neighbours?
Lawyers acting for a wind farm in Northumberland have objected to a nearby tourist development claiming that holidaymakers may be subjected to nuisance noise.
Wind affects horse amenity
The British Horse Society suggests wind farms may deter horse tourism.
Casella measures air and noise in Spain
Casella Spain has been selected by the Spanish Traffic Police to participate in a working group assessing noise and air data provided by the instruments included in a month-long trial of roadside monitoring enclosure systems (Romons) under strict motorway testing conditions.
Vuvuzela warning from RNID
RNID is calling on football fans to defend themselves against the risk of temporary tinnitus or permanent hearing damage posed by the noisy vuvuzela plastic trumpets which are popular with South African supporters.
A Swedish study has examined the effect of road and railway noise on property prices.
IoA is holding a one day meeting on construction noise and vibration at the British Museum on Wednesday July 14.
No flights increase, says London Assembly
The London Assembly has unanimously called for a ban on any increase in the number of flights operating from BAA’s London airports.
A campaign group seeking action to quieten the M40 motorway in the Chiltern reports that it has met the DfT.
More noise please, says NAS
The Noise Abatement Society is commending the “safer-sounding car”.
Consultants suffer as recession bites
The UK environmental consultancy sector contracted by 3.0% in 2009, to stand at £1.36bn, says Environment Analyst.
Infrastructure planning changed again
Reassurance has been offered that planning will become more democratic following confirmation that the Infrastructure Planning Commission will be abolished.
Truck environmental footprints compared
UK and Swiss researchers are trying to establish the environmental footprint of road and rail vehicles and found a significant number of vehicles exceed manufacturing limits, including noise.
Epuk sets up turbine talks In September
Epuk is running a wind turbine conference entitled Where now with wind turbine impact assessment?
2011 Action Week
Epuk has announced that the 2011 Noise Action Week will be held on 23 - 27 May 2011.
Dogs and nuisance
There’s been a spate of reports of environmental health officers going to court over problem dogs. What’s happening, asks Lis Stedman?
Low down on quiet surfaces
Quieter road surfacing materials can prove cost-effective when all the factors including the monetised benefits of noise reduction are taken into account. Lisa Russell reports on recent research and development, including a new more durable material.
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June 2010 issue 43
Etsu under review
The Government is reviewing Etsu wind turbine guidance despite numerous protestations that it remains robust.
Mulligan departs from Epuk
Epuk chief executive Phil Mulligan is to leave the charity.
Government coalition programme lists many changes
The incoming Coalition Government has published a detailed programme for Government. It contains Bills and work programmes for the forthcoming term.
Dogs cause nuisance problems
Officers from Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police have removed 27 dogs from the home of a Shropshire man who was found guilty of failing to prevent them from barking constantly over a three-year period.
Tenant to get rid of noisy dogs
Sheffield City Council has had to go to court to force a woman to get rid of her noisy dogs.
‘Final mission’ for Stansted campaigners
Following the cancellation of plans to expand Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports by the incoming Government, Stop Stansted Expansion has set itself it’s “final mission”.
BAA concedes defeat at Heathrow
Airports authority BAA has formally dropped plans for a third runway at Heathrow following the new Government’s pledge to scrap expansion plans.
Denbighshire refusal overturned
A wind turbine proposal in Denbighshire, which has been in and out of the courts, has been given the green light in the latest development.
Huge 3mw turbines coming?
Alstom has launched the ECO 110 3MW wind turbine – one of the most powerful onshore wind turbines in the world.
Government line up
The incoming Government has completed its ministerial line up. Chris Huhne – MP and vice president of Epuk – has been appointed Secretary of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc). Caroline Spelman MP has been appointed Secretary of State for the Environment.
MP Bob Russell has tabled a Parliamentary Early Day Motion criticising Defra’s recent Noise Policy Statement (Noise Bulletin April p1).
Epuk comments on environment
PPS Epuk has replied to a consultation on a new Planning Policy Statement (PPS), Planning for a Natural and Healthy Environment.
The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has invited comments on a list of topics being considered for its next major study (its 30th).
Ash cloud silence studied
The ash cloud prompted shutdown of UK airspace, allowing a once-in-a-lifetime natural experiment to see what would happen if noise from aircraft was eliminated overnight. Lis Stedman reports
Westminster gets a strategy
A pioneering noise strategy has been introduced in Westminster. Lisa Russell takes a look at the measures it introduces
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May 2010 issue 42
3m have noisy neighbours
Epuk has recently concluded yet another successful Noise Action Week.
Stop press: runways
There will be no new runways at Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted, the incoming Coalition Government has agreed in an environmental statement.
Information laws reveal turbine nuisance
A turbine pressure group has been systematically serving freedom of information notices on local authorities to find out about wind turbine nuisance complaints.
Noise sinks Matlock appeal
Five wind turbines have been rejected at appeal near Matlock in Derbyshire. Noise was a key part in the dismissal.
Health effects cited in Humber appeal
Health effects at a single household have overcome an appeal for seven wind turbines at Flixborough, near Scunthorpe.
Huhne takes key ministry post in coalition
As Noise Bulletin was going to press, Libdem MP Chris Huhne has been chosen as Energy and Climate Change Secretary. Caroline Spelman has been appointed as environment secretary.
Ash prompts tranquillity bonus
The grounding of aircraft because of ash from the Icelandic volcano left the UK with deserted airspace.
Stevens wins Institute of Acoustics medal
Mary Stevens, noise policy officer at Environmental Protection UK, has received the IOA Award for Promoting Acoustics to the Public.
European progress fragmented
Irish researchers have found large differences in the way noise levels are calculated and geographically mapped in Europe. They call for more standardised and clearer guidelines.
Annoyance predictors listed
Serbian researchers have carried out a study to consider what are the mean predictors of noise annoyance.
Turbine index proposed
A scoring system could help authorities approve proposals for onshore wind plants.
Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government have issued guidance on how the statutory nuisance regime should be enforced at premises regulated by environmental permitting legislation.
Work continues on reducing tyre noise
Epuk is to manage a two year project to push the concept of quieter tyres. It has funds for a two year project to implement and manage the national campaign for cleaner, quieter tyres.
50 mph limit improves environment
Dutch consultancy CE Delft has shown dramatic environmental benefits from a 50mph motorway speed limit.
Protesters claim Heathrow win
Protesters say they did win a High Court case on Heathrow.
Europe adopts cleaner vehicle strategy
Europe has adopted a cleaner vehicle strategy.
Germans link aircraft noise to health effects
The German Environment Agency (UBA) has compared noise complaints and illness around Cologne-Bonn airport.
Webtrak for Madrid
Madrid Airport now has an interactive Webtrak service.
Insulation aids climate
A Dutch local authority has combined airport sound insulation measures with climate change impacts to increase the benefit.
Greener vehicles pollute less – but the rise in traffic is counteracting any benefits, the European Environment Agency claims in its latest Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM) report.
Feature: Experts tackle motorsport noise
Several working groups are seeking to develop new guidelines for assessing motorsports noise amid calls for more research to identify what aspects of the sounds cause annoyance. Lisa Russell reports
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April 2010 headlines (issue 41)
Defra sets out noise policy
Defra has released a policy statement in lieu of a noise strategy for England.
Use development plans to separate turbines
Local authorities should use their development plans to set out separation distances between housing and turbines.
The hotly fought motorsport noise nuisance battle between York City Council and Elvington Airfield is going to the High Court.
Defra consultancy budget cuts
Defra says it will deliver £194 million of savings, as its departmental contribution towards £11bn savings that are being made across Government.
Tool suggested to describe urban noise
New research has identified 25 variables that influence noise in urban areas. By combining these into an equation, a new study has proposed a tool to describe urban sound environments that could be useful in urban planning.
Etsu under fire once again
Two more turbine schemes have been turned down further undermining Etsu noise assessment guidelines.
Big wind nuisance claim: particulars laid
The Statement of Claim has been made public in what could prove to be a pivotal test case on nuisance law for big wind turbines.
Planning shake up for PPG17
Guidance is being consolidated as part of a plan to streamline existing planning policy guidance.
Probe into London City Airport expansion
The London Assembly’s Environment Committee has launched an investigation into the environmental impacts of the expansion of London City Airport.
Heathrow knocked by High Court challenge
London councils and pressure groups have won a Judicial Review on the legality of plans to expand Heathrow.
No blanket exemption
Epuk says it does not want a blanket exemption for live music events for 100 people or less.
Amec takes Entec
Construction firm Amec has taken over consultancy Entec for £61m.
Stigwood be heard
The High Court has allowed a Nottinghamshire householder to appeal a judgement that prevented him from complaining about noise and odour nuisance from the adjacent pub.
DCLG has released a toolkit for social landlords aimed at tackling anti social behaviour including noise.
Local authorities have been given guidance on their duties to react to petitions. From June 15th the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 requires councils to have regard to community petitions provided they are not covering areas such as planning or licensing where the public are already considered to have had their say.
Defra has updated guidance for environmental impact assessments including a Wider Environmental Impact Test and Sustainable Development Impact Test.
Daventry District Council will save £16,000 a year by cutting its out-of-hours service for day-to-day environmental health issues.
CIEH omits noise
The CIEH has published a public health manifesto for the General Election which mentions air quality, climate change and other public health issues, but not noise.
Heart risk found
Slovak researchers say they have found a link between noise levels and cardiovascular (heart) risk.
Blood pressure up
Taiwan researchers have studied 60 adults and found that environmental noise exposure leads to higher blood pressure – especially among young females.
Further detail on quiet deliveries
We revisit the issue of quiet deliveries from the viewpoint of TRL which has produced a look at some of the detail
Feature: Statement in lieu of policy
England was promised a noise strategy a decade ago. Defra has dithered and dithered and it now hopes that a Noise Policy Statement is better than nothing. Jack Pease offers his opinion
Feb/March 2010 headlines (issue 40)
Bradford turbine win
Bradford Council has succeeded in defending an appeal against its decision to refuse planning permission for a large wind turbine on noise grounds.
Victoria Government in Australia is using cameras to catch noisy trucks.
NPSs are in
Epuk has warned that the first round of draft National Policy Statements are inconsistent and offer weak protection for the local environment. The Royal Town Planning Institute claims they are not fit for purpose.
IoA defends Etsu guidelines
Incoming Institute of Acoustics president Trevor Cox has defended Etsu wind turbine guidelines.
Concerns aired on microwind
The Institute of Acoustics has warned that relaxing planning controls on micro wind generation could lead to increased nuisance complaints and noise abatement notices.
NHS cautions on wind
An NHS review has cautioned that a recent report on wind turbine health effects cannot be taken as gospel.
£1000 dog fine
A Lincoln resident has been fined more than £1,000 after breaching a noise abatement notice served on her for dogs that barked for 40 minutes out of 45.
Muted praise for English plans
Defra’s summary of responses to its consultation on noise action plans in England has been released.
Scotland goes firm on noise guidance
Scotland has released final guidance on noise management areas and quiet areas.
Noise simulator wins Dutch award
Sensibel, the Royal Haskoning noise simulator, is one of three nominees for the ‘Ei van Columbus’ Dutch award for sustainable innovations.
Cuts could put strain on environment
Council budget cuts would threaten local environmental quality, Epuk has warned.
Defra has set out its research priorities for the forthcoming three years.
Directive not reviewed
Epuk has been told by the European Commission that the planned review of the noise directive is being delayed.
The independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR), which reports to the Health Protection Agency, has reviewed the latest scientific evidence on the health effects of ultrasound (frequencies above 20 kilohertz) and infrasound (below 20 Hz).
Another Heathrow challenge
Councils and pressure groups have joined forces to challenge the decision to expand Heathrow Airport.
Heathrow conditions not fit for purpose
A report by the London Assembly has examined the environmental conditions placed on Heathrow Airport as a condition for expansion. It wants a “fundamental change” to the conditions describing them as “not fit for purpose”.
AEF: Noise action plans a sham
Airport noise action plans will fail to tackle impacts on local communities, an Aviation Environment Federation study has found.
US researchers have looked at the impact of noise barriers on road pollution.
ISO airport advice
A new standard, is aimed at regulators, professionals and researchers to reduce noise in the vicinity of airports.
Hacan Clearskies has once again highlighted the growing area of influence of planes using Heathrow Airport.
Inclusion of amplitude modulation requirements for two recently-approved windfarms raises issues about the use of planning conditions, says Lisa Russell
Delivering peace and quiet
Lis Stedman takes a snapshot view of councils facing a new initiative to push quiet night time deliveries
January 2010 headlines (issue 39)
Etsu drafts reveal secrets
A response to a heavily contested
Freedom of Information request claims to reveal that the
Government suppressed warnings that wind turbines
designed to Etsu guidelines would cause noise nuisance.
Wind farm consented: tough
The hotly-fought Den Brook wind
farm in Devon has been approved at planning appeal –
albeit with many conditions.l www.denbrookvalley.co.uk
Scots turbine noise
Scotland appears close to adopting
similar noise restrictions on wind turbines and heat
pumps as in England.l Permitted development rights:
Domestic wind turbines and air source heat pumps can be
Live music – more complaints
Proposals to allow pubs and bars to
put on live music without the need for a licence could
lead to a massive increase in noise problems, council
leaders have warned.
Turbine noise not harmful
An expert panel review of wind
turbine noise, brought together by the North American
wind industry, has concluded that noise isn’t a problem.
l Wind turbine sound and health effects: An expert panel
review can be viewed on the association websites
Noise from off-road motorbike
Lacors is seeking feedback on
motorbike event noise nuisance. l Any comments please
email cassandra.harrison@lacors. gov.uk
IPC starts to list applications
Details of applications for major
projects are beginning to appear on the Infrastructure
Planning Commission’s website. l Infrastructure Planning
Online monitoring scheme on offer
Online noise monitoring is now
possible as Brüel & Kjær has developed a high-speed,
web-browser functionality for its family of hand-held
analysers. l www.bksv.co.uk
Campbell Associates is offering to
“calibrate your calibrator” free of charge when it is
sent in with a sound level meter for calibration. The
offer is valid for equipment sent in before the end of
February 2010 with promotion code CAL-C2. l More details
Wind turbine separation distances
A House of Commons library report
has analysed the issue of wind farm noise and separation
distances.l Wind farms – Distance from housing
A Rochdale man has been fined £450
after ignoring warnings to keep the noise down in his
Royal Napier win
Edinburgh Napier University has
been awarded the Queens Anniversary prize for its
research on noise insulation.
The Institute of Acoustics is
holding a motorsport noise meeting at Silverstone on
March 18th. It will explore the need to balance car
enthusiasts’ expectation of hearing vehicles roaring
along the track with the needs of neighbouring
residents. l www.ioa.org.uk/event
Brüel and Kjær has released Noise
Sentinel, an internet based subscription service for
urban and industrial noise monitoring. l Doug Manvell,
B&K, email: email@example.com
December 2009 headlines (issue 38)
Heat pump ‘unneighbourly’
Permission to retain a heat pump has been turned down at appeal – just days before the Government relaxed planning rules on home generation.
l Email jackpease at empublishing.org.uk for a copy of the decision
Lawyers raise microwind planning fears
A planning lawyer has warned that removing the need to get planning permission for wind turbines could lead to problems down the line.
Freedom to expose Etsu
As Noise Bulletin went to press, the inspector at the Den Brook wind farm planning inquiry is due to deliver a view on new turbines. Protesters are also expecting to hear damning evidence through a freedom information request
45db chosen, 100s of complaints expected
A 45dBLAeq 5min noise limit is proposed in relation to both domestic and non-domestic installations of wind turbines and air source heat pumps. Councils can expect to field hundreds of complaints, admits the government.
l Permitted development rights for small scale renewable and low carbon energy technologies, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/microgenelectriccars.pdf
3rd runway ok: #1
The Committee on Climate Change believes a third runway at Heathrow, which will allow UK aviation to expand by 10%, is compatible with targets to reduce CO2.
l Meeting the UK aviation target – options for reducing emissions to 2050 Committee on Climate Change www.theccc.org.uk/reports/aviation-report
3rd runway ok: #2
MPs have also failed to come out against a third runway at Heathrow. They don’t back a second runway at Stansted – but do think expansion at Gatwick is justified.
l House of Commons Transport Committee: The future of aviation, First Report of Session 2009–10 can be viewed on www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmtran.htm
WHO: loosening or toughening?
Two consultants set out how they believe the WHO night noise guidelines change guidance
Hunt pushed on Etsu
Epuk is not accepting a refusal from Government to consider revising Etsu. Decc minister Lord Hunt last month told Epuk it would not change Etsu which is criticised for failing to properly reflect annoyance from wind turbines.
Wind shear alternative to Etsu method
Energy consultancy TNEI Services has devised its own method of tackling wind turbine noise.
Complaints fall in Northern Ireland
A new report has revealed that noise complaints in Northern Ireland have fallen by 5% over the past year.
l Noise: Complaint Statistics for Northern Ireland 2008/09 can be viewed on www.doeni.gov.uk
Noise action 2010
Noise Action Week 2010 will take place on 26th to 30th April. International Noise Action Day is on the 28th April.
l website www.noiseactionweek.org.uk
Live music review
A proposed consultation on an entertainment licensing exemption for live music is expected to be published soon.
An petition has been set up on the Number 10 Downing Street website calling for changes to Etsu wind turbine guidance.
Where’s the review?
Epuk has written to Europe seeking progress on the review of the noise directive.
Assembly on H’row 3
The London Assembly is holding an inquiry investigating whether “environmental conditions on possible expansion at Heathrow airport, which could lead to an extra 220,000 flights each year, are sufficient to deal with concerns about noise, air quality and climate change”. It will make an assessment of the proposed conditions.
l webcast online at: www.london.gov.uk/assembly/webcasts.jsp
Our first of a two part report into the IoA-organised Euronoise conference
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November 2009 headlines (issue 37)
WHO: 40dBA outside
The World Health Organisation has finally published its night noise recommendations.
l WHO Night Noise Guidelines 2009 www.euro.who.int/Document/E92845.pdf
GLA policy outed
The GLA is seeking consultants to carry out its noise policy work.
Regs prove hot
Quite by chance, a seemingly routine change to noise regulations has led to a fierce debate in Parliament.
Etsu “sticking plaster” slammed
An agreement to improve Etsu is simply a sticking plaster, claims a consultant.
BWEA blames nimbys for wind delays
The British Wind Energy Association claims that wind farm planning approvals by local councils slumped to “a record new low of 25%”.
Amplitude modulation is real
Further claims have been made that the phenomena of amplitude modulation is being underestimated.
Den Brook in court
A four day public inquiry into a disputed wind farm in Devon has been held.
l Closing submissions www.denbrookvalley.co.uk
Turbine distance plea
An MP has tabled a bill intended to insist on minimum distances between wind farms and housing. It has no chance of being adopted.
Wider transport costs laid out
The Government has spelled out the wider costs of transport in urban areas. The work feeds into the government’s recent The future of urban transport policy statement.
l The wider costs of transport in English urban areas in 2009 can be viewed on www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/policy/urbantransport
Aviation plans ‘not fit for purpose’
Epuk has studied a number of aviation noise action plans produced by airport authorities
TRL noise topics
TRL has brought out a ‘current topics’ report on noise.
l CT21.5 Noise and vibration from traffic – update (2008-2009) is available from TRL price £30 www.trl.co.uk
Police crackdown on noise Fife boy racers
Fife Constabulary continues to crack down on noisy boy racers.
Much delayed strategy now loses date
The Government is no longer saying when or if it will deliver a noise strategy.
Aircon plans draw fire
Organisations have lashed out at plans to deregulate planning permission for air conditioning units
First policy statements out
The first National Planning Statements (NPS) have been issued by the Infrastructure Planning Commission.
Sheffield goes nightly
Sheffield City Council has launched a nightly ‘Noisebuster’ complaints service following a trial.
Stop Stansted Expansion reports that National Air Traffic Services (NATS) has postponed plans to change flight paths and aircraft stacking areas across East Anglia.
Scottish ministers say that new noise laws have prompted a rise in noise complaints. A Euronoise report will appear in a future NB.
New cans muzzle speedway din
British motorsport specialist manufacturer Prodrive has developed a new exhaust silencer which should help keep speedway quiet.
Restaurant convicted in Elmbridge
An East Molesey steak house owner has pleaded guilty to three breaches of a noise abatement notice.
In separate Magistrates’ Court actions by Thurrock Council. a man and a woman were prosecuted for failing to comply with a noise abatement notice.
Former UKNA chief Val Weedon is back at work in noise campaigning.
Airports show rise
Noise has risen at some London airports.
l Noise exposure contours and reports for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/aviation/environmentalissues/nec/secnoise08/
The Glastonbury Festival noise arrangements have been considered a success, a report to Mendip councillors suggests.
€1m multi centre health research starts
Queen Mary College London is hosting a meeting signalling the start of the one million euro ENNAH (European Network on Noise And Health) project.
Action plan consultation closes
Defra has received approximately 150 responses to its consultation on action planning
Dozens of awards at 2009 noise ‘Oscars’
The John Connell Awards 2009 has seen a record number of awards handed out to those making special efforts to reduce noise.
The European Environment Agency has produced a map of European noise exposure. It aims to reveal the extent to which European citizens are exposed to excessive noise pollution.
l The database is on http://noise.eionet.europa.eu
Clive Bentley and Kieran Gayler, of Sharps Redmore Partnership, have both recently been successful in obtaining Chartered Environmentalist status.
DfT on tyres
Defra is consulting on transposition of new European labelling rules on tyres.
l Consultation on regulations to control the sale and installation of replacement tyres on motor vehicles www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/replacementtyres/condoc.pdf
Can soundscapes help out?
Lis Stedman report from a major conference on soundscapes. Is the project simply a £1m gravy train for academics, or are there practical benefits?
London looks at tranquillity
A conference held last month looked at many different approaches to increasing provision of the tranquil spaces that give people a little respite from busy urban life. Lisa Russell reports.
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