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January/February 2018 Issue 119 headlines

Knightsbridge plan gets tough

Part of a London borough may benefit from tough new noise planning safeguards in a novel neighbourhood plan.

£50,000 penalty for noisy turbine

A noisy turbine in Kirklees has led to over £50,000 in fines and costs.

Deliveroo curbs

Food delivery firms such as Deliveroo are being restricted in Westminster.

Gun club conditions too weak

Bassetlaw has been criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman for weak planning conditions that made it hard to stop excessive shooting noise.

s79 duty not being fulfilled

A resident has complained that Ryedale Council is not fulfilling its Section 79 duty to investigate noise within its area. The Local Government Ombudsman says it cannot rule on the matter.

Hunterston decision

An appeal inspector has rejected claims that turbines at Hunterston near Glasgow cause low frequency noise.

Noisy roads

A Highways England progress report has admitted that it has treated just 121 noise important areas out of its target of ‘at least 1,150 by 2020”.

UK insulation advice

The Institute of Acoustics has issued a short guide in a bid to avoid confusion on who is qualified to carry out sound insulation tests.

Outdoor directive

The European Commission is consulting on options for revising the Outdoor Noise Directive which covers 57 outdoor machinery items such as lawnmowers and construction plant.

Charges change

The Environment Agency is consulting on a widespread shake-up of industrial regulation charges.

Lambeth defends threshold of three

Lambeth has defended a policy that appeared to suggest that three noise complaints would be necessary before it investigated a noise complaint.

UNESCO resolves on importance of quiet

World heritage body Unesco has adopted a draft resolution “on the importance of sound in today’s world so as to promote best practices”.

Fry to Ramboll

Chris Fry has joined Ramboll as a director, he was previously managing director of the Temple Group. Steve King leaves RSK to join Ramboll’s Manchester office.

SEA guidance

The RTPI has published new guidance on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). It lists four “tips for success”:

Brent fine

A musician who kept his neighbours awake at night and ignored a noise nuisance notice has been ordered to pay more than £1,300 to a court.

Birds sink Cotswold waste plan

A proposed waste processing site has been refused permission at appeal due to the impact of noise on wildlife.

Wales updates directive maps

Wales has updated its noise maps fulfilling deadlines in the EU noise directive.

Revised air forecasts show near-doubling

Current air movements of 267m passengers a year could nearly double by 2050, DfT forecasts suggest.

Chimes silenced

Dover District Council has been obliged to serve a noise abatement notice on St Peter’s Church in Sandwich to silence

£12,500 generator fine

A pub has been taken to court by Three Rivers District Council because of a noisy generator.

Growth decoupled

Sustainable Aviation – a coalition of UK airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers and the air traffic service provider – has published its latest progress report showing how growth in passenger numbers has been disconnected from the rate of growth in carbon and noise emissions.

Fireworks debated in Parliament

Parliament has once again debated the issue of noisy fireworks.

One in 10 new homes was a former office

New analysis by the Local Government Association reveals nearly one in 10 new homes over the last two years was converted from an office.

Fan fine

A Portuguese restaurant in Southend has landed a bill of more than £6,000 after consistently failing to repair a noisy extractor fan.

Arrestable offence

Persistent and loud stamping and banging were among the anti-social noises which has led to a resident of a block of flats in York being found guilty of noise nuisance and a warrant issued for his arrest.

25 year plan: noise sidelined?

Noise is barely mentioned in much hyped English 25 year environment strategy – wildlife and plastic stole the headlines, found Jack Pease

Agent of change under scrutiny

Cross-party support for the ‘agent of change’ principle means that the concept is once again in the news and may be incorporated into English national planning guidance. Lisa Russell reports

Newham struggles to close down premises

Licensing specialist lawyer Paddy Whur at Woods Whur has highlighted the difficulties in enforcing noise nuisance on a badly run club: “A premises licence was reviewed by Newham’s environmental protection team in February 2017, after a series of complaints from local residents.

Anti social behaviour scrutinised

The London Assembly has taken a close look at anti social behaviour, reports Lis Stedman

WebTAG updates on noise

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