Planning Noise Consultants

We are professional UK noise consultants with a reputation for providing high quality surveys, sound assessments and highly effective noise reduction solutions. Drawing from over 35 years’ experience, our company provides a range of noise consultancy services. This page focuses on our planning noise services, but we also provide other types of sound consultancy and advice. For example, we are expert in industrial noise control, with a long and successful track record of reducing workers’ noise exposures and abatement of factory noise that is causing nuisance to nearby residents. For details on our services as industrial noise consultants, see noise at work solutions for reducing workers’ noise inside factories, or for external sound affecting local residents, see noise abatement services.

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Planning Noise Control Consultants UK

Consultants for planning noise surveys, prediction, assessments, mitigation, sound reduction

We can help companies, planning consultants, house builders, land developers, architects, etc. obtain planning permission in many different types of situation, whether the noise emanates from an industrial company, a leisure or commercial building, or other sources. Our noise consultants have helped obtain planning consent in difficult cases where sound levels are high and where a very large sound reduction was needed.

Noise is frequently an important element of a planning application. For example, exceptionally high demand for houses in the UK means that planning applications are increasingly being lodged for new housing developments close to noisy factories and industry. Loud noise from an industrial estate or company can prevent planning permission being granted. By providing much higher sound reductions than other methods, our specialist industrial noise solutions can achieve planning permission in cases where it would be refused otherwise.

Example: Planning Noise Solution for Industrial Fan

Planning permission for converting a building into flats was initially refused due to high levels of fan noise from a nearby industrial factory. A solution using silencers and an acoustic barrier / wall / fence was recommended by other noise consultants, but this was rejected because it could not provide enough noise reduction. We proposed a technologically advanced noise solution for the extractor fan. This was designed to suppress the sound generating mechanism of the fan at source. This solution was adopted and it provided a very large noise reduction – sufficient to gain planning permission. The highly effective sound reduction measures designed by our fan noise consultants were paid for by the housing developer.

For more information on how our consultants can help reduce fan noise, or for help with planning noise control where a fan is the main source, see extractor fan noise control.

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Planning Noise Surveys and Impact Assessments

As well as providing highly effective noise control solutions, our acoustic consultants can also carry out planning noise surveys, prediction and environmental sound impact assessments. To find out more about our noise survey and report services, see noise survey details.

Example: Planning Permission for TV Company

The Local Authority was concerned about noise pollution from a new UK telecommunications transmission facility planned for a quiet green field site. To obtain planning permission to build the facility, the company had to comply with a very low night time noise limit set by the Local Authority. Our noise consultants carried out extensive environmental noise predictions and used the results to provide noise specifications for each of the equipment suppliers to meet in order to achieve the overall limit. The aim was to avoid noise nuisance complaints. This aim was achieved successfully.

Noise Surveys and Assessments

Example: Planning Noise Consultancy for Sports Pitches

A football club and school submitted a combined planning application to build several all-weather football pitches within the school grounds. The local Council requested a noise impact assessment and a survey report. For this type of activity, the loudest sound is usually from players and coaches shouting during football training and matches. We carried out noise surveys and predictions to calculate likely sound levels at the nearest houses. Then we compared these to existing background noise levels and produced a report containing the results. Based on our noise survey report, planning permission was granted.

Details of our noise impact assessment and survey report for planning applications

How to get advice from our planning noise consultants

Our noise consultants have many years’ experience of carrying out noise impact assessments to help achieve planning consent for many different types of activity and also in reducing the sound from a wide variety of noise sources. This includes leisure centres, commercial buildings as well as other environmental and industrial noise sources.

To find out how our company can help you with noise in a planning application, contact us. We are based in St Albans, Herts but work throughout the UK.

There is more information on our other consultancy services on UK noise consultant company.

If you are a private resident suffering noise nuisance from an industrial or commercial business, instead of ringing us, please see noise advice where you’ll find lots of information and advice.

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We provide acoustic, noise reduction and sound measurement services to industrial, planning and other companies in Hertfordshire (Herts), Essex, Middlesex, Kent, Buckinghamshire (Bucks), Oxfordshire Cambridgeshire (Cambs), Bedfordshire (Beds), Northamptonshire (Northants), Sussex and most other areas. Our planning noise company is based in St. Albans in the South East of England but operate throughout the UK.