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July 2016 headlines

Planes quash Cheshire homes

Aviation noise has led to refusal for a large development in Cheshire – now confirmed at appeal. Planners had said that flightpath noise would cause a “significant adverse impact on health and quality of life”.

Sue Bird MBE

Acoustician Sue Bird has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for “services to engineering and to women in engineering both in the UK and abroad”.

Noise Bill read

A Private Members Bill on vehicle noise has passed its first reading in Parliament.

Fracking challenge

North Yorkshire activists are to judicially review North Yorkshire’s go ahead for fracking at Kirby Misperton. They claim environmental impacts were not fully assessed in the decision making process.

Badgers freaked out by wind turbines

Wind turbines stress out badgers, London researchers believe.

Brian May clobbered with costs

Queen guitarist Brian May won £25,000 damages for noise nuisance – but has had his claim

Small heart risk uncovered in Germany

German researchers suggest that aircraft and other transport noise can increase the risk of heart attacks.

Noise prompts mental health issues

German researchers also believe aircraft noise can prompt mental health issues. findings were part of the larger Norah (Noise-Related Annoyance, Cognition, and Health) study.

Train complaints

Residents have complained that idling railway engines cause noise and air quality problems in Reading.

Huge social cost

A study suggests the social cost of noise in France amounts to €57bn a year.

£2,000 fine

Loud noise has cost a Bournemouth resident nearly £2,000.

Quietway in

London’s first “Quietway” route benefitting walking and cycling between Greenwich and Waterloo now open.
It runs 9km along traffic-free paths and quieter backstreets.

Quieter oceans

A huge EU project on quieter oceans has come to a close.

Council’s health concerns rejected

Experts managed to persuade the inquiry inspector that there was sufficient uncertainty about health impacts (as opposed to amenity issues) that they should be disregarded.

George Tavern battle succeeds

East End pub landlady Pauline Forster has succeeded in overturning plans for a block of flats next to her pub. The original case hinged on noise arguments – she fears future occupants may complain about noise – but those arguments were once again rejected in this appeal, which succeeded on other grounds.

Westminster firework debate

Firework noise has been debated in Parliament by Westminster MPs.

Summer patrols

Over summer weekends, noise officers from Herefordshire Council’s environmental protection team will be out and about on Friday and Saturday nights as part of the second Herefordshire summer noise awareness campaign.

Husky fine

A couple have been fined more than £2,400 for ignoring a noise abatement notice issued by Sheffield City Council’s environmental protection service.

Student appeal

A Brighton landlord has been told by planning appeal inspectors to cease letting a family home to students. It is the second case involving planning controls on houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) in the town in as many months.

EU quiet areas uncovered

There is increasing recognition of the importance of protecting quiet areas in the countryside to protect nature and let people escape the din of urban life. Lisa Russell looks at a new report into these havens unaffected by noise pollution.

How would a Brexit affect Euro policies such as mapping?

Of course no-one yet knows what will happen post-Brexit in relation to UK involvement in European environmental initiatives.

Commission red tape review progresses

The European Commission is progressing with its better regulation review which “could save up to €50 billion”

When noise just gets too much

Yet another murder has been committed in response to a noise-related neighbour dispute. Lis Stedman scours the sobering headlines