Noise in the Planning Process

We have extensive experience in assisting clients with outline and full applications, Environmental Impact Assessments and discharging planning conditions.

The starting point for planning work is generally some form of survey to establish existing baseline conditions. Once these are known then the noise impact of, or on, the proposed development is calculated and mitigation measures are discussed with the planning team. The end result is an acoustically viable scheme that is submitted to the planning authority and which is sufficiently robust to be defensible at planning appeal if necessary.

Our work often involves negotiating acceptable acoustic criteria with the planning authority prior to submission. These criteria will typically form future planning conditions. Once planning permission has been secured we then enter the detailed design phase, which will provide the information necessary to discharge the planning conditions.

Success Stories

Residential Led Mixed-Use Development – South Quay Plaza

Client: Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd
Planning Consultants: GVA
Mechanical Engineers: Gillespies
Architect: Fosters and Partners

Cass Allen Associates was instructed by Berkeley Homes to undertake a formal Environmental Impact Assessment as part of the redevelopment and revitalisation of South Quay Plaza in Docklands…

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One Tower Bridge – London

Client: Berkeley Homes (SE London)
Architects: Squire & Partners/Peter Taylor Associates
Mechanical Consultants: Meinhardt

We have been advising Berkeley Homes (Capital) on their prestigious One Tower Bridge development. Nestling between City Hall and Tower Bridge, the development consists of nine blocks of residential, commercial and retail space. Our role includes negotiating planning conditions with the council, discharging noise-related planning conditions and designing the internal acoustics of all of the blocks.

Ocean Village – Southampton

Client: Bouygues UK
Architects: HGP Architects

Cass Allen has been instructed by Bouygues UK to provide acoustic design advice for this flag ship development at Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina.

The development adds a new residential-led building and new hotel building adjacent to Bouygues UK’s Admiral’s Quay development at the marina…

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Environmental Impact Assessment – Wind Farm, Suffolk

Client: BT plc
Planning Consultants: DLP Planning

To assist with achieving planning permission for a wind farm in rural Suffolk. This site forms part of BT’s Wind for Change project and will, when complete, consist of six 2MW turbines on 80m high towers. Our role was to carry out extensive surveys and 3D modelling work and then prepare the noise chapter of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Residential Development – Limeharbour, London

Client: Telford Homes Plc
Architects: TP Bennett LLP

Telford Homes instructed Cass Allen to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment for a 28-storey residential building in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The main acoustic consideration was the noise impact from the Docklands Light Railway running next to the building…


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Mixed Use Development – Greenwich, London

Client: Ampurius Nu Homes
Architects: Squire & Partners
Project Managers: Barrie Tankel Partnership
Planning Consultants: Savills

To advise on noise matters associated with the new Creekside Village development in Greenwich. Of particular concern was a working wharf close to the Eastern edge of the development. The wharf was protected by government statute and could generate noise at any time of day or night since operations are controlled by the tides. We carried out surveys and 3D modelling together with facade design of the residential towers to demonstrate that acceptable noise levels will be achieved inside the finished development.

Large-Scale Store Expansion

Client: Wing Yip
Architects: David Futter Associates

Cass Allen carried out a noise impact assessment for this proposed large store expansion for Wing Yip, supplier of Oriental ingredients. Key matters to be assessed were noise from fixed mechanical plant and noise from car park and deliveries areas…

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Manufacturing Facility and Headquarters – Milton Keynes

Client: Niftylifts
Architects: q2 Architects
Project Managers: Goring Berry
Planning Consultants: Bidwells

To assist with achieving planning permission for Niftylift’s proposed new UK manufacturing and office headquarters. The council were concerned that noise from deliveries, the manufacturing processes and associated wind turbine might disturb existing residents close to the site and future residents of a planned retirement village…

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