Noise Impact Assessment

What is a noise impact assessment?

A noise impact assessment is also known as an environmental noise impact assessment. It is an exercise of determining how noise sources will impact on the environment.

Who conducts an environmental noise impact assessment?

A noise impact assessment is a complex issue and must be performed properly. It takes a qualified and experienced professional. In England, the noise assessment is performed by qualified acoustic engineers. An acoustic engineer who is a corporate member of the Institute of Acoustics.

WHY DO you NEED AN ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE IMPACT ASSESSMENT?

You must apply for planning permission if you are you planning a new build or converting an existing building. Your local council will decline your application or approve it with conditions. Within these conditions there will be a clause relating to environmental noise.

What standard is used to assess environmental noise

BS 7445

BS7445: Description and measurement of environmental noise is used as the preferred standard to perform environmental noise assessments.

This is a multi-part document divided into the following parts:

  • Part 1: Description and measurement of environmental noise. Guide to quantities and procedures. It's better known as BS7445-1:2003, the guide to quantities and procedures

  • Part 2: Description and measurement of environmental noise. Guide to the acquisition of data pertinent to land use BS 7445-2:1991 ... Guide to the acquisition of data pertinent to land use

  • Part 3 Description and measurement of environmental noise. Guide to application to noise limits BS 7445-3:1991 ... Guide to application to noise limits

As every noise impact assessment is different to another, several other standards could be used. The above are often used to determine the noise impact of, i.e. industrial noise, on the environment.

We perform environmental noise impact assesssments:

  • for plant installations

  • for proposed residential developments etc.

  • and use BS4142 and BS8233 where appropriate

  • with BS7445

  • for laces of worship

  • for entertainment venues

How much does an environmental noise impact assessment cost?

We charge for a professional and chartered acoustics engineer to perform a noise assessment, write the report and provide noise mitigation measures and, if required, a noise management strategy. The acoustic engineer is a corporate member of the Institute of Acoustics and a chartered engineer registered with the Engineering Council.

Every noise assessment is different. The cost of the assessment is based on many factors. So listing a cost here would be misleading.

We provide you with a quotation once we have the full details of the noise survey requirements. And any other documentation that is requested in the planning application.

But the quickest and most efficient way to get a quotation, is to call us as soon as possible on 01908 643 433.

How we help you!

As mentioned above, every environmental noise impact assessment is different, and therefore a good understanding is required. Once you approach us, we contact the authority that granted you conditional permission to build. We then request full details of what they want to see in the final report.

Thereafter, we provide you with a quotation for delivering exactly what the council or authority have requested. It is not just the report for which you are paying.

Therefore, you get a report that puts the council at ease so that they can make an intellectual decision.

With Environmentally Sound you get an efficient and cost effective service. We find the most efficient way to deliver your report that will satisfy your local authority and grant you planning permission.

What to do next

If you require a noise assessment or you would like to find out more about impact assessments, please call us to discuss your requirement.

Please call us on 01908 643433

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