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January/February 2017 headlines

Turbine claim details emerge

Further details are emerging on a successful private nuisance action against Irish wind turbines. The case was settled in a private out of court settlement before Christmas with payouts – reportedly over £1m – expected to be awarded at a costs hearing in April

Science trumps professional judgment

A south London council has had a nuisance case overturned apparently due to having “no expertise” against a science-based defence argument in a Magistrates Court.

Student clampdown

Manchester universities are cooperating to cut student noise nuisance.

Bedford cuts

Bedford Borough Council intends to save £80,000 a year by cutting back its out- of-hours noise service.

No housing near Henry factory

Housing has been refused in Chard next to the Numatic “Henry” vacuum cleaner factory. Developers failed to overturn refusal of planning permission due to fears that factory noise may lead to nuisance claims.

Sleep disturbed

24 healthy sleepers have been tested for impacts of noise in three nights at three different locations: at a sleep lab, at the participant’s home, and in an acoustically isolated room.

Abingdon curfew

Vale of White Horse District Council is the latest authority proposing to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Abingdon.

Plymouth order

Plymouth City Council has secured a two year criminal behaviour order banning a resident from shouting, banging and playing loud music.

Night flights: cautious welcome

The Government proposes little change to night flights at London’s three main airports for the next five years.

Unexpected overflown boroughs revealed

Research by campaign group Hacan has revealed Hounslow to be the most overflown London borough.

New EPA

MPs are warning the Government that environmental protections must not be weakened during the process of leaving the EU or afterwards.

Starter home boost

The Government claims there will be a surge of new starter homes built on brownfield sites – typically in town centres.

EIA shake up consultation

Consultation has started on how to implement new environmental impact assessment rules. Despite Brexit, the Government must continue to implement new European legislation even if the UK will not be in the EU two years hence.

Plea to check testing accreditation

Northern Ireland building inspectors are being urged to check up on sound testing reports to ensure they are provided by properly accredited consultants. Reports have been submitted from improperly qualified persons.

Buskers code

Worcester is the latest city to introduce a code for busking.

£1700 costs

Chelmsford City Council prosecuted a noisy neighbour for breaching a noise abatement notice, fines and costs added up to £1,700.

Quietness is selling point for Scotland

A new report by Scottish tourism organisations has identified quietness and tranquillity as a key attraction to visitors to Scotland.

END assessed and broadly okay

An assessment of the Environmental Noise Directive has given it a broadly favourable evaluation – but with some pointers for the future. Lisa Russell reports.

John Connells reward excellence

Some local authorities still have time and money to go the extra mile and do something memorable, finds Lis Stedman

Mapping app for N. Ireland

Despite Brexit uncertainty over the future of noise mapping and Europe, before Christmas Northern Ireland released a mapping app

Film review: In pursuit of silence

A new film highlights the importance of finding some time for silence in our lives. Lisa Russell and Tim Kaye watched the film.