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October 2016 headlines

Fracking: tight noise conditions’

In a massive 604 page judgment – much of it on noise – central Government has partially approve fracking in Lancashire.

ETSU rejected as nuisance curtails turbine

An Etsu-based defence of a noisy wind turbine has failed with the operator settling a nuisance action out of court.

Gatwick 2nd runway housing unacceptable

A proposal to build one new house beneath the flightpath of a possible second runway at Gatwick has been rejected at appeal.

Wales joins up noise and air

Wales is consulting on a joint noise and air quality strategy.

Target tenuous?

Highways England has a target of “mitigating” 1,150 noise hotspots by 2020. It has only managed 48 but claims it is still on course for meeting its deadline.

Mapping variation

A study suggests European noise mapping may be subject to variations.

Khan pledges on agent of change

Recently-elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to review the ‘agent of change’ principle in the London Plan.

Colchester criticised for sloppy evidence

A nightclub in Colchester has won the right to open later on two nights a week following a planning appeal.

Row brewing over fighter jet impact

Plans to build 375 homes and a school near RAF Lakenheath are raising military concerns about noise nuisance.

Negative vibes

Wellbeing is reduced for those living near UK airports.

Noise sinks Tyneside housing

A proposal for 65 new homes next to an industrial estate in North Tyneside has been rejected at appeal.

Cirrus polls north west authorities

Noise monitor firm Cirrus has surveyed north west England local authorities to establish the pattern of noise complaints.

Cattle grid woes

Noisy cattle grids have been studied by researchers from Leeds and Bradford Universities.

AM penalty solution fails concerns

The Independent Noise Working Group does not believe the IoA/WSP-proposed penalty for wind turbine amplitude modulation will solve nuisance issues.

Night flights

DfT continues to develop policy for night flights in London in preparation for new restrictions in October 2017 – with a consultation later this year.

Webtag updated

Webtag project assessment methodology has been revamped to include wider impacts.

Airbnb growth

The use of Airbnb in the UK has exploded over the last 12 months, the Residential Landlords Association says.

SOAELs and NOAELs again

Lis Stedman finds the quest to put numbers on SOAELs and NOAELs goes on – whatever acousticians say, everyone loves a proper number.

IoA on NPL pullout

The Institute of Acoustics has lent its voice to concerns that NPL is pulling out of noise measurement.

Controlling construction

Some local authorities are taking additional action to minimise the disruption caused by a proliferation of noisy construction projects in residential areas. Lisa Russell reports.