Development and planning

CadnaA Model of University Campus

Example: Noise level predictions at the University Campus

Planning and development services from ISVR Consulting include the measurement, assessment and specification of noise from new developments to comply with planning conditions set by local authorities, or to rectify retrospectively any noise issues associated with recent developments, including:

We can assist with the assessment of the suitability of sites for new developments in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  This usually involves assessment in line with local authority policy, or liaison with local authorities to agree acceptable noise conditions. We have CadnaA software to model the propagation of sound from industrial plant and road and rail traffic and to map the noise in the neighbouring community.

Site suitability may be assessed according to local planning policy or Planning Policy Guidance PPG 24 “Planning and Noise”, with interior and noise levels controlled according to British Standard BS 8233 “Sound Insulation and noise reduction for buildings - Code of Practice”. This can include the specification of the building envelope, in particular the glazing requirements.

The noise emitted from industrial, commercial and residential sites can be assessed and specified according the local policy, often with reference to BS 4142 “Method for rating industrial noise affecting mixed residential and industrial areas”. This work typically assesses noise from plant and machinery on the site affecting nearby noise sensitive residential properties.  Advice can be given on suitable noise limits, as well as guidance on noise control measures to reduce noise.

Acoustic specifications for schools and healthcare facilities can be defined with reference to Building Bulletin 93 “Acoustic Design for Schools” (currently under review) and “Health Technical Memorandum 08-01: Acoustics”. This work involve the design and specification of the building envelope and glazing, internal walls and doors, use of absorbent linings to control reverberation times, and noise control of plant and machinery.

The noise of mineral extraction operations is recommended in the Technical Guidance to the NPPF, specifying noise limit for daytime, evening and night time operations. Additional requirements are often specified by the Environment Agency and local authorities and ISVR Consulting can liaise with the local authorities to develop appropriate noise targets and operation procedures.

Recreational activities creating high noise levels can be controlled with regard to the relevant guidance such as Clay Target Shooting: Guidance on the Control of Noise issued by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and the Good Practice Guide on the Control of Noise from Pubs and Clubs issued by the Institute of Acoutics. Guidance can also be provided on management and operational procedures associated with many other activities such as motor sport events and outdoor music events.