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Planning and noise, odour and light

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has replaced Planning Policy Guidance Note 24 and sets out the Government's economic, environmental and social planning policies.

Paragraph 123 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)states the following:

123. Planning polices and decisions should aim to:

  • avoid noise from giving rise to significant adverse impacts on health and quality of life as a result of new development;
  • mitigate and reduce to a minimum other adverse impacts on health and quality of life arising from noise from new development, including through the use of conditions;
  • recognise that development will often create some noise and existing businesses wanting to develop in continuance of their business should not have unreasonable restrictions put on them because of changes in nearby land uses since they were established; and
  • identify and protect areas of tranquillity which have remained relatively undisturbed by noise and are prized for their recreational and amenity value for this reason.

We therefore want to ensure that any new developments comply with this policy.

If the proposed development involves locating sensitive receptors close to an existing noise source such as a busy road, railway or commercial/industrial site we would require a survey to demonstrate that the development will comply with current standards for both internal and external noise levels and identify any appropriate mitigation measures. Conversely, if the proposal is for an activity that may potentially affect existing receptors we will require a survey to demonstrate there will be no adverse impact, again identifying appropriate mitigation measures.

For guidance, typical standard planning conditions regularly used by CBC regarding noise are listed in the document link below:-

pdf icon Typical Planning Conditions to Control Noise [21kb]

As well as noise, both existing and new businesses should ensure that no adverse impact or nuisance is caused by odour or artificial light.

For guidance, typical planning conditions regularly used by CBC for the control of odour and light are contained within the document link below:-'

pdf icon Typical planning conditions controlling odour and light [12kb]

Further Information

For further advice regarding specific proposals telephone Environmental Protection using the contact details below.