Sharps Redmore is currently engaged in a number of projects where the noise impact must be considered in the context of the area being defined as important for its quiet character or tranquillity.
Government planning policy requires that such tranquil areas are protected. However, there is currently no agreed method for the assessment of the impact of noise on a tranquil area and virtually no guidance either. Others, such as the charity Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have proposed methods to assist with identifying and defining such areas, but there is no published way to assess the potential impact of a proposed development. Consequently, Sharps Redmore has been researching and developing an evidence based approach over the last 18 months and is hoping to publish a guide for the assessment of tranquillity in 2017.