Sharps Redmore issue a statement on the release of the new Planning Practice Guidance on Planning and Noise (ProPG) for a new residential development.
Following a lengthy consultation process the Professional Practice Guidance on Planning and Noise (ProPG) has been jointly produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC).
The aim of the ProPG is to encourage better acoustic design of new residential development and to protect people from the harmful effects of noise.
The ProPG recommends a 2-stage approach, an initial noise risk assessment of the proposed development site and where the results indicate that noise requires further consideration a full assessment in the form of an Acoustic Design Statement (ADS).
The main emphasis of the ProPG is the encouragement of good acoustic design, such as site layout, building massing, orientation and internal layout, at an early stage of the development process. Good acoustic design will reduce the reliance on using the closed windows to ensure suitable internal noise levels and mitigate the impact of noise on external amenity areas such as gardens.
Sharps Redmore have been a supporter of this approach for many years and has provided good acoustic design advice on many residential developments from the original outline planning stage through to the building design. You can explore the services that we can offer on such schemes here.
Whilst not official government code of practice or policy, the ProPG will be used by decision makers including local government planning and environmental health practioners when determining planning applications for residential developments in urban areas. Over the next few weeks we will be developing further advice and workshops on the implications of the ProPG and what it will mean for your projects.
The ProPG and two supplementary documents are available as free downloads from the Association of Noise Consultants website here.