Planning applications for plant units or other sources of noise have noise implications as these are likely to have an impact on surrounding existing noise sensitive receivers.
When is a noise survey and assessment required?
Noise impact assessments are often required as part of the planning application submission or as a condition of planning approval.
What are noise assessments?
A noise assessment is often used to show the effect of the proposed development / plant installation on noise levels at nearby noise sensitive receivers such as residential properties.
Noise assessments can also be used to fulfil conditions of a planning consent and be undertaken after planning permission has been granted by the Local Authority.
What do noise assessments entail?
- Measurement of existing ambient and background noise levels at and around the site
- Prediction of noise impacting on the existing area as a result of the proposals
- Predictions are normally undertaken based on manufacturer noise data by calculations and computer noise modelling and using manual measurements on site
- Noise mitigation measures may be advised as necessary to minimise the impact of proposals on nearby residents.