National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

Introduced in 2012, the National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. Its introduction has significantly impacted the consequences for those undertaking acoustic work as part of the planning process. Acoustic Associates (Peterborough) have carried our several noise assessments with respect to the NPPF.

The NPPF states that planning policies and decisions should aim to:

• Avoid noise from giving rise to significant adverse impacts

• 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 use since they were established

• 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.