Professional Issues

Articles for noise professionals and acoustic consultants

Local Authorities and Housing Associations Investigating Noise

Noise/Nuisance Training and CPD Our leadership team have been involved in training professionals and noise enforcement personnel for many years now. Local authority clients on our noise training events have included local authorities in London and metropolitan areas as well as rural districts and boroughs based in the ‘Shires’. It has also become popular for housingContinue reading “Local Authorities and Housing Associations Investigating Noise”

Dancing with the Grim RIPA

CHANGES TO RIPA There were some changes to the way that local authorities go about surveillance activities. The provisions brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 tightened surveillance authorisation procedures and further restricted the ability to conduct directed surveillance activities. The rules impose a “crime threshold” so that local authorities may now onlyContinue reading “Dancing with the Grim RIPA”

National Planning Policy Framework & Noise Policy Statement for England

Acoustic Design for Development post PPG24 Introduction The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) came into force in March 2012 and represents the government’s commitment to sustainable development, through its intention to make the planning system more streamlined, localised and less restrictive. It aims to do this by reducing regulatory burdens and by placing sustainability atContinue reading “National Planning Policy Framework & Noise Policy Statement for England”

Best Practicable Means

The defence of Best Practicable Means is available with respect to noise emitted from industrial, trade or business premises. It is available as a ground for appeal and as a defence to prosecution when it is alleged that a notice, served under section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, has been breached. A shortContinue reading “Best Practicable Means”

Noise – Section 82 – Update

Taking Your Own Action – The Statistics Statistics from the Ministry of Justice were previously obtained by relating to statutory nuisance prosecutions. Some of the figures stood out, particularly in relation to the use of s.82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. (Section 82 provides for persons aggrieved by a nuisance to apply forContinue reading “Noise – Section 82 – Update”

Anti-social Behaviour and Noise

Anti-social Behaviour and Noise The Anti–social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 updated a number of powers relating to the control and prevention of anti-social behaviour; some of which may be useful with respect to noise control. Those with responsibilities to protect communities against unreasonable levels of noise, including the police, local authorities and, in some circumstances, housingContinue reading “Anti-social Behaviour and Noise”

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