Noise Impact Assessments
The majority of developments will require noise impact assessments to support the planning application or discharge existing planning conditions.
For residential, healthcare and educational developments this typically requires the assessment of existing transportation, commercial and industrial noise sources upon the proposed development.
For transportation, commercial and industrial developments this typically requires the assessment of proposed noise sources upon existing noise sensitive receptors.
The impact assessment process typically comprises:
- Review of proposals;
- Contact with the Local Authority in order to determine their acoustic requirements for both the noise survey and assessment;
- Undertaking the noise survey;
- Undertaking the assessment;
- Comparison of the results to the requirements;
- Proposal of mitigation measures if required in order to achieve the requirements;
- Issue of report.
The noise survey is likely to comprise either a manned survey over critical periods or an unmanned survey over a 24 hour or weekend period.
The assessment may involve the use of noise mapping and/or detailed calculations in order to determine the magnitude of the impact.
Mitigation measures may include revised site layout, acoustic barriers, secondary glazing, attenuated/mechanical ventilation, acoustic attenuators, acoustic louvres or acoustic enclosures.
We at Lighthouse Acoustics will be with you every step of the way. Whether you’re opening a takeaway or wish to relocate your factory, you will get the same independent advice, no matter what.