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December 2017 Issue 118 headlines

London plan backs venues

The ‘Agent of Change’ principle has been given backing in the draft London plan currently under consultation.

SPG adds to ‘Agent of Change’ principle

Supplementary planning guidance has also been published highlighting the importance of dealing with noise in planning: “Development proposals should seek to manage noise without placing unreasonable restrictions on development.

Reading resorts to railway abatement notice

Persistent noise from diesel locos has led to Reading council serving an abatement notice against both First Great Western (FGW) and Network Rail, and their directors.

RSK buys Cole Jarman

Consultant RSK has bought noise specialist Cole Jarman.
The 19-strong firm will continue to operate as Cole Jarman, a wholly owned subsidiary of RSK.
l More next month.

Balcony noise sinks Havering housing

150 homes have been rejected at appeal due to noise and amenity fears.

Road traffic sinks digester

Noise from delivery trucks has been cited as a key reason for dismissal of an appeal for a slurry digester and biogas plant near Billingshurst.

Aviation guide

The Aviation Environment Federation has launched a new guide for those experiencing plane and helicopter noise.

Lancashire censured for not carrying out quarry monitoring

Lancashire County Council has been criticised for failing to carry out timely noise monitoring of a quarry. Reversing alarms were causing a nuisance to a residential neighbour.

Thekla battle

The iconic Bristol music venue – The Thekla (a permanently moored former ocean-going fishing boat) fears it could receive noise complaints from a new development.

Music fine

A man, who ignored 11 warnings to turn down his music, was fined £4,400 following a successful prosecution by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Ignoring officers’ advice costs Herefordshire

Noise and odour have led to a costs decision against Herefordshire Council.

News from the Epuk annual conference held in Birmingham

Agency’s ‘worst’ nuisance abated

Jon Toft of the Environment Agency told the Environment Protection UK conference held last month how the Agency abated noise at the ‘nastiest’ noise nuisance case he’d seen – Bidwell Metals.

Use ‘prior consent’ to control rail noise

Wiltshire Council’s Richard Francis told the Epuk conference that use of ‘prior consent’ can force Network Rail to control noise.

LFN wind response

Last month Noise Bulletin report concerns from acoustic expert Dick Bowdler that claims that wind turbines create low frequency noise risk undermining claims that audible noise creates nuisance (NB November p2).

Noise and NO2 both have heart impact

Although air pollution and road traffic noise have been associated with higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, associations with heart failure have received only little attention.

Aviation NPS shapes policy

Lis Stedman looks at the aviation NPS consultation which contains quite a lot of new policy on aviation noise

Crossrail noise headache solved?

London’s massive Crossrail construction project has highlighted some challenges and innovations that could prove useful for other schemes large and small. Lisa Russell reports.