Professional Practice Guidance on Planning & Noise (ProPG)

Industry guidance to cut noise nuisance in new homes

The Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and CIEH have together produced The Professional Practice Guidance on Planning & Noise (ProPG).

The new guidance is a blueprint for acoustic practitioners, council planners and developers and aims to protect home dwellers from noise by putting good acoustic design at the heart of all new residential development.

The guide is available in three pdf documents:

  1. Main document 
  2. Supplementary Document 1: Planning & Noise Policy and Guidance 
  3. Supplementary Document 2: Good acoustic design 

Noise exposure can have a wide range of adverse impacts, from increasing the risk of heart disease to affecting children’s school performance, and while current Government planning and noise policy and guidance sets clear objectives, it does not prescribe specific numerical acoustics standards and it allows a range of different approaches to be used.

The three organisations say that if their recommendations are followed early in the planning process:

  1. Good acoustic design will enable homes to be built in some areas previously considered unsuitable because of noise
  2. Noisy sites where residential development will never be suitable can be quickly identified, saving developers time and unnecessary costs  
  3. Home building can be started much earlier on sites where noise is not an issue.
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