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October 2017 Issue 116 headlines

Turbine controls questioned

A member of the IoA turbine noise working group has warn-ed that planning conditions are complicated and may not work.

Helicopters sinks RAF Benson housing

South Oxfordshire District Council robustly argued against a new housing development near a noisy airfield and road.

Fresher crackdown

Welwyn and Hatfield Council has laid on extra fresher patrols to keep noise down.

Dreamliner effect

Heathrow’s updated Fly Quiet and Clean report suggests it is quieter than ever – for the first time there are no older generation and noisy Chapter 3 aircraft operating at the airport. Quieter Boeing Dreamliners have replaced some of the noisiest jets.

Landing noise

A Civil Aviation Authority study says automatic monitoring has a limited role in cutting landing noise.

Homes rejected due to existing businesses

Plans for nine homes on brownfield land near an industrial estate have been turned down due to noise.

Another refusal

Houses have also been rejected at appeal near a Darlington industrial estate – again due to noise. The 40 houses were proposed next to noisy industry.

Dual carriageway apology from Northampton

The Local Government Ombudsman has criticised Northampton Borough Council and told it to apologise because of failures to respond to dual carriageway noise and dust concerns.

Complaints website for Ireland

A website has been set up to collect data on noise complaints in Ireland.

Wellbeing in

The Welsh Wellbeing Act has become law.

Noisy house refused

An appeal inspector has confirmed that it would be too noisy for a single house near Stansted Airport.

Protesters split on low frequency

A group of experts who have banded together to argue against official wind turbine noise assessments held a seminar in Glasgow last month.

East Yorks vindicated over turbine trouble

East Yorkshire council did no wrong when it failed to stop a noisy turbine.

Luton trouble

Anger is growing around Luton Airport due to increased air traffic

Quarry appeal fails: too late

An appeal against expansion of a quarry in Cambridgeshire has failed in the High Court.

Newry turbine loud

A 40m tall turbine appears to be breaching noise conditions in Castlewellan, Newry.

Night noise fears from utilities

Plans to force utility firms to dig holes at night may cause noise disturbance, warns the CIEH.

What’s new from Internoise

Noisy Hong Kong was the setting for this year’s Internoise conference. Lis Stedman ploughs samples 800 papers.

Tube noise rises

Transport for London is ‘unsure’ why some tube trains appear noisier.

Nuisance confusion

Permitting and statutory nuisance in England and Wales has been clarified to reduce confusion about how nuisance can be handled from regulated businesses avoiding ‘double jeopardy’.

Levy gets off to shaky start

There has been very little take-up of the opportunity for English and Welsh councils to introduce a Late Night Levy – but a trickle of new ones are still coming through. Lisa Russell reports.