Large-scale developments require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as a supporting document with the planning application.
The National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) states:“The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority, when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project, which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision-making process.”
Noise is considered to be one of the more significant effects. Where a development is expected to generate noise, to be affected by noise or to change the noise climate, then a noise chapter is required as part of the EIA. The noise chapter will include the measurements of the baseline noise climate over at least a 24-hour period, commentary on the likely sources of noise associated with the schemes, outline assessments on the impact of these noise sources and outline mitigation advice to reduce the impact from these sources as far as feasible.
The EIA will consider the impact both on the existing sensitive receivers in the vicinity and on any proposed noise-sensitive elements of the development.
Over the years, we have performed numerous noise assessments for EIAs. These range from projects for large industrial and commercial developments to thousands of dwellings as part of mixed-use schemes. Recent EIAs include Ridgeway Farm, Swindon which incorporated hundreds of new homes and the redirection of a main A-road away from existing residential dwellings but adjacent to the proposed homes. For further details see our Case Studies page.
Are you undertaking a development which requires and EIA? If so, why not contact us to talk through the process and see how we can help achieve the best outcome for scheme? We will be happy to help.
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