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Manifesto urges Government to boost noise protection

Noise Manifesto calls for urgent planning reform to start ‘Quiet Revolution’ in building design.

As the Government prepares to slash planning red tape and axe up to 70 per cent of the UK’s planning laws, in response to the Taylor Review, a new Noise Manifesto has been launched calling for the Government to boost noise protection in homes and other buildings as part of the new National Planning Policy Framework.

Launched by The Noise Abatement Society and Rockwool and based on views expressed at The Noise Summit by more than 100 property, construction and acoustic industry leaders, the Noise Manifesto urges the Government to create better planning laws, not ‘just’ less planning laws.

Divided into actions for the Government and the property industry, the Noise Manifesto calls for minimum national standards of noise protection in buildings and lays the ground-work for a new Quiet Homes Standard to identify quieter homes, commercial and public buildings in the future. 

Key recommendations in the Noise Manifesto include:

  • Create a single, national standard for minimum acoustic protection in the design and construction of buildings as part of the National Planning Policy Framework review and The Code for Sustainable Homes
  • Create tranquil spaces in new developments to allow residents to enjoy quiet areas
  • Use Green Deal and Eco funding to also improve acoustic insulation as well as boost thermal efficiency in buildings
  • Improve training for architects to include modules on acoustic design

Rockwool managing director Thomas Heldgaard stated: “While we appreciate the Taylor Report’s desire to make the planning process simpler, we call on the Government to consider improving noise protection as part of this NPPF review process - to fail to do so is a massive wasted opportunity which will see millions of people continue to have their lives blighted by excessive noise.”

Noise Abatement Society and Quiet Mark chief executive Gloria Elliott said: “Planning legislation should give everyone protection by providing robust rules on proper levels of noise insulation. Whilst reviewing the NPPF, Government has a golden opportunity to improve the effectiveness of building regulations by radically improving insulation standards and their enforcement across the UK.”

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