Finch Consulting influencing the National Planning Policy Framework on Noise

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Teli Chinelis | Senior Consultant | Finch Consulting | Acoustics Expert
On 19th April Finch Consulting’s own Teli Chinelis represented the Noise and Vibration Team at the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) workshop in London. @FinchConfidence is particularly interested in noise topics included in the draft update to the NPPF.

As the pressure for new housing grows, the NPPF workshop will examine the key paragraphs in the draft revised NPPF that relate to noise, including the altered structure and proposal to introduce ‘Agent of Change’ to policy, including reference to statutory nuisance and implications. S180 states,

“Planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing businesses and community facilities (including places of worship, pubs, music venues and sports clubs). Existing businesses and facilities should not have unreasonable restrictions placed on them as a result of development permitted after they were established. Where an existing business or community facility has effects that could be deemed a statutory nuisance in the light of new development (including changes of use) in its vicinity, the applicant (or ‘agent of change’) should be required to secure suitable mitigation before the development has been completed.”

The bones of the response of the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) to the government will be developed from this debate.

Finch Consulting is advising numerous clients who wish to develop new residential premises near existing ‘noisy’ commercial premises and works hard to influence and to keep abreast of any changes in government or local policies.