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Long anticipated acoustic guidance has now been published which puts good acoustic design at the heart of all new residential development. The guidance requires that the use of site layout, orientation and spatial design are considered as part of the planning process before the building envelope is used to mitigate noise to acceptable levels.

Noise is a material consideration in planning, and a key aspect of sustainable development. We support and promote the principle of good acoustic design and our clients are encouraged to start thinking about acoustics as early as possible.

The guidance compliments the National Planning Policy Framework (2012), and it aims to:

  • Fully consider acoustic environment from the earliest stages of development process;
  • Encourage good acoustic design in and around new residential development;
  • Outline what should be taken into account in deciding planning applications for noise-sensitive development;
  • Improve understanding of how to determine the extent of potential noise impact and effect; and
  • Assist the delivery of sustainable development.

The Professional Practice Guidance on Planning and Noise (ProPG) has been published by the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

The new guidance can be downloaded here.