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News from Noise and Nuisance policy teams. Presented by: Colette Clarke Head of Neighbourhood Noise & Nuisance policy team Date: 16 th July 2013 Event: CIEH East Midlands Councils seminar ‘Environmental Protection’. Outline. Who we are and what the teams cover: Environmental noise - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • News from Noise and Nuisance policy teams

    Presented by: Colette ClarkeHead of Neighbourhood Noise & Nuisance policy team

    Date:16th July 2013Event: CIEH East Midlands Councils seminar Environmental Protection

  • OutlineWho we are and what the teams cover:Environmental noiseNeighbour & neighbourhood noise and nuisance

    Current policy issues were working on

    Noise and nuisance scope for assisting growth

    Concluding remarks*

  • Defra Noise & Nuisance Teams6.8 FTEs

  • Defra noise and nuisance policyEuropean legislation (Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC)Primarily noise from transportNoise mappingAction Plans (including quiet areas)Noise and healthInternational issues

    Domestic legislation (e.g., Environmental Protection Act 1990)Neighbour noise (e.g., shouting, TV, music, footsteps)Neighbourhood noise (e.g., from pubs, wind turbines, construction)Artificial light and light pollutionOther nuisances odours, accumulations, smoke/steam, dust, fumes/gases, insects

    *Environmental NoiseNeighbourhood Noise & other sources of Nuisance

  • Government policy on noise: Noise Policy Statement for England*

  • Noise Policy Statement for England (2)Defra seeks to affect the noise environment through influencing others to consider and reflect the NPSE in policy and decision making. This includes: Raising awareness through research, briefings, presentationsWorking with other government departments as they formulate policyWorking with key interest groupsWorking with the Devolved Administrations, in the EU and Internationally

  • Other drivers for our work*Natural Environment White Papercommitments on quiet areas and artificial light

    Red Tape Challenge commitments removing unnecessary or burdensome regulations

    Evidence base - our own and others research: National Noise Attitude Survey results (1st in 10 years): due later this year; how noise and types of noise affect publicExposure data (monitoring and mapping); Complaint data surveys (CIEH); Monetised cost of noise and nuisances; impact assessmentsEffects of noise (e.g., on health, wellbeing)Ways of getting better evidence/information: very limited research budget; no mandatory monitoring (unlike air quality)Economic growth agenda how managing noise and nuisance can help

  • Working with other government departments*Cabinet OfficeRed Tape Challenge and Better Regulation initiatives; Wellbeing Dept for TransportRoad, rail and air transportDept Communities and Local GovernmentNational Planning Policy Framework and Taylor review of planning guidance; Building Regulations and sound insulation; Housing standards (noise as a Category II Hazard); Extending Permitted Development Rights for micro-renewablesDepartment of HealthPublic Health Outcomes Framework; noise as an indicatorDept Energy and Climate ChangeWind farms, micro-renewablesDept Culture Media and SportEntertainment LicensingHome OfficeLicensing; Powers of Entry Review (Protection of Freedoms Act); Antisocial behaviour reforms

  • Consultation on Noise Action PlansThe Environmental Noise Directive (2002/49/EC) requires Member States to:Produce strategic noise mapsAdopt noise action plansMake information available to the publicSecond round of noise mapping was completed in 2012.Defra is preparing the second round action plans, covering road, railways and agglomerations (large urban areas).The action plans are designed to manage environmental noise and its effects, including noise reduction if necessary, and preservation of existing areas of quiet in agglomerations. The action plans will describe how Important Areas (noise hotspots) for road and railway sources will be identified.Will also provide further details on the process for identifying and managing quiet areas in agglomerations.Due to consult on the draft action plans this summer and would welcome your views.


  • PHOF Noise Indicator* Indicator 1.14 The percentage of the population affected by noise covers:

    1.14i - Number of complaints per year per local authority about noise per thousand population.

    1.14ii The proportion of the population exposed to transport noise.

    We estimate that Local Authorities in England receive an average of 1,100 complaints about noise per day at a cost per complaint of anything from around 200 up to around 7000 depending on the situation


  • National Planning Policy Framework and guidance Noise and light both explicitly mentioned in NPPF recognition of importance of managing impact of noise and light pollutionDetailed guidance notes removed; number of concernsTaylor Review of Guidance has recommended updated guidance on noise and new guidance on lightAlso set out rules for guidance: brief, easy to understand and not prescriptiveDCLG lead on planning policy Defra working closely with them to develop noise and light pollution guidance


  • Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill Bill now being debated in ParliamentPart 4 - Community Protection Noticesto stop persistent, unreasonable behaviour that is detrimental to the amenity of the locality or is having a negative impact on the local communitys quality of lifeReplacing number of existing orders relating to environmental ASB including Litter Clearing Notice, Street Litter Clearing Notice, Graffiti/Defacement Removal Noticeto deal with noise disturbance, particularly if occurring in conjunction with other anti-social behaviourDraft Bill makes clear that noise disturbances that meet requirements of statutory nuisance regime should be dealt with using that process

    Home Office now seeking input from practitioners to help draft guidanceIntention for draft guidance to be available in time for Report Stage of the Bill (likely to be in the autumn). *

  • Light pollutionWe recently published an information leaflet called Getting Light Right.Its designed to clearly and simply inform consumers how to install their security lights effectively to reduce light pollution and nuisance. It was jointly written with Campaign to Protect Rural England, Campaign for Dark Skies and the Institution of Lighting Professionals.Its been distributed through the British Retail Consortium and is available on the Knowledge Hub and the website.


  • Noise and nuisance - assisting growthManaging noise and nuisance can potentially reduce public expenditure but other economic benefits?Planning guidance; better decisions prevention better than cureLight pollution; Dark Sky Status boosts tourismTyre labelling; info on rolling noise allows consumer choiceQuiet Mark increasing demand for quieter products


  • Quiet Mark*Quiet Mark is accreditation scheme for quiet products designed to reach out to high street consumers. It makes consumers aware of the choice theyhave when buying appliances: a healthier, lessstressed lifestyle if they buy quiet. The accreditation recognises excellence in thedesign of quieter everyday machines and appliances.Businesses have used this accreditation asa real and unique selling point; supportersinclude Lexus, Corinthia Hotels, Rockwool, 20th Century Fox, Electrolux and Phillips. It is a Noise Abatement Society initiative.

    m172263 - Martin - could you merge the 2 Quiet Mark slides please?

  • Concluding remarksThere is a lot going on many government initiatives that impact on management of noise and nuisanceAppreciate feedback from practitioners; responses to consultations, Knowledge HubData is key to making decisions Noise can also be exploited for economic and societal benefits: Govt keen to support initiatives that allow for this any examples?*

  • Thank You*






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