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Aug/Sept 2017 Issue 115 headlines

London consults on strategy

The London Mayor is consulting on a new environmental strategy. For the first time, one broad strategy will incorporate other specific strategies including noise and air quality.

Zip wire refused due to noise

A proposal for more zip wires at a disused quarry in Tidenham, Forest of Dean, has been rejected due to unacceptable levels of noise.

Tube complaints up

TfL has revealed noise complaints have risen dramatically in the past year.

Commons nuisance

The House of Commons library has produced a briefing paper on nuisance.

Industry proximity sinks houses

A housing estate near Grantham has been rejected at appeal due to neighbouring noisy industry.

Eight week jail sentence for abusive tenant

A housing association tenant has been jailed for eight weeks for breaching an injunction preventing him from making noise.

Stratford wins £25,000 costs for pub fight

Stratford upon Avon Council has won £25,000 costs against a

Luton trouble

Anger is growing around Luton Airport due to increased air traffic.

Harrow hell

A noisy neighbour who damaged his own hearing with loud music, has been fined after ignoring warnings from Harrow Council to quieten down.

Wales on ‘agent of change’

Welsh MPs have promised to strengthen the ‘agent of change’ principle in a bid to safeguard local music venues.

Outdoor events refused

Retrospective planning permission has been refused at appeal for outdoor events at a turf business in Sutton, Cambridgeshire.

Budd on board

Anne Budd has been elected to the board of the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC).

Labour v Heathrow

The Labour Party appears to have switched its stance on expansion of Heathrow.

IoA sponsors Oscar

The IOA is again sponsoring the innovation category in the 2017 John Connell Awards.

Blood effects

Noise appears to alter important blood properties.

Hard battle over turbines

Turbines at Scout Moor north of Manchester have been approved after a battle concerning amplitude modulation and conditions. They had been called in by Government.

London heliport faces noise scrutiny

Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea (members of the London Heliport Consultative Group) are working with the South Bank University (LBSU) to monitor and assess the noise impact caused by operations at the Battersea heliport on the banks of the Thames.

Neighbours object to Darlington cricket thuds

Darlington Cricket Club has attracted numerous objections to its application for retrospective planning permission for all-weather cricket nets. Arguments are much like those for MUGAs.

Little change for night flights

Night flights at London’s three main airports will continue much as they are. A woolly objective to “encourage” quieter aircraft has been replaced by the phrase “limit or reduce” impacts on people.

Short term effects

Rapid changes in noise levels in town centres and on busy high streets can influence the heart.

Turbine trouble in Scotland Aberdeenshire

Applications for wind turbines may have nose dived but that still leaves existing turbines hitting legal problems, finds Lis Stedman.

Flightpath woes hit City Airport

Latest figures from London City Airport indicate that a concentration of flights along new paths has led to a rise in complaints. Lisa Russell reports