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October 2018 Issue 126  headlines

Complaint rationing rapped

Lambeth Council has been criticised by the Local Authority Ombudsman for capping the number of complaints that can be made.

WHO noise guidelines are imminent

WHO will next week launch new environmental noise guidelines.

Aberdeen also caught failing in duty

Aberdeen Council has also been caught out failing in its statutory duty on noise (see also Lambeth, above).

HMO refused due to noise

The question of noise affecting neighbours of HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) has been tested at appeal.

North Norfolk pays costs on noise appeal

Noise fears have been dismissed for a barn conversion at appeal – with costs awarded against the planning authority.

Dementia impact uncovered in London

Research suggests that air pollution and to a lesser extent noise can cause dementia.

Andrew Milne (and others) v Stuartfield Windpower Ltd

The Noise Nuisance case has been continued until January to give time to ascertain if mitigation measures have been successful.

Heathrow noise sharing plan

Noise objectors are demanding an additional objective in the process to share noise around an expanded Heathrow.

Airports reduce house prices

Swedish researchers believe that a 1db decrease in aircraft noise cuts 1% off property prices – equivalent to £1,000 on average for Swedish house prices.

Private prosecution against shooting noise

A wealthy neighbour is carrying out a s82 private nuisance prosecution against a landowner on account of shooting noise.

Noise breach

A Bristol court appeal has demonstrated the difficulties of enforcing lease conditions on noise in rented properties.

Kitchen flue guidance for sale

Emaq – Ricardo’s air quality training arm – has updated noise and odour guidance for commercial kitchen extraction equipment.

Students warned on late night nuisance

Students in Nottingham arriving for the new university term have been reminded of potential penalties for noisy parties.

Manchester initiative

Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester have introduced a system of student ‘guardians’ who can report anti social behaviour to the police and universities and act as professional witnesses.

Shared street soundscape

A study has attempted to assess the soundscape benefits of traffic restrictions and shared streets (calmed streets where pedestrians and vehicles mix).

Motorway noise no bar to homes

Bellway Homes has succeeded at an appeal in overturning refusal of 193 homes near Preston deemed too close to a noisy motorway.

Heathrow challenge

A preliminary High Court hearing took place last week confirmed that the full legal challenge against expansion at Heathrow will be heard n March.

Breach prompts vent upgrade

A breach of a noise condition means a builder must install better trickle vents.

Grants available for Welsh noise action

Welsh Government has made available grants for environmental improvement projects. Noise projects are eligible.

No stroke study

A joint UK and Norwegian study has found no link between noise and stroke.

‘Pioneering’ prefab barrier

Highways England is claiming a UK first for a new noise barrier in Wakefield.

Hartlepool Crasbo

Community safety officials in Hartlepool have been granted their first Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

Noise takes centre stage in plan

An air quality campaigner is driving a novel local neighbourhood plan for Knightsbridge  – noise as well as air quality is being targetted finds Lis Stedman

Internoise unpicked

The Internoise 2018 conference, which took place in Chicago this summer, featured hundreds of papers. Here Lisa Russell takes a brief look at some of ones on noise mapping and urban situations – more next month.