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FOI 4278

Noise Acoustics

Request

I am currently undertaking a research project as part of a master’s degree in Applied Acoustics at the University of Derby . I am looking at noise assessment methodologies used for predicting noise from Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) with the aim of developing criteria that would be of use to local authorities and would appreciate it if you could answer the following questions on behalf of your authority. Please be as detailed as you can where possible but any answer you can provide will be useful to my research.
1. Does your local authority have specific criteria for the assessment of noise from MUGAs under the new/old planning regime or for nuisance investigations? If so, what are they?
2. Do you recommend that conditions relating to noise control be attached to any planning permission granted for MUGAs within your area? If so, are these specific to MUGAs? Please give examples if possible.
3.. How many MUGAs do you have in your area? Where possible, please give planning application references and/or location details.
4. Have you received any noise complaints about MUGA facilities in the last 5 years?

* If yes, how many?
* What were the main noise sources being complained about? e.g. kicking of the ball, people, impact noise?
* How many of the complaints were substantiated?
* Have any complaints led to noise abatement notices, planning enforcement or legal proceedings?


Other questions (non FOI but your answers would be really appreciated)
1. Would an assessment methodology and/or criteria and noise limits specifically for MUGAs be useful to your authority?
2. Do you agree to being contacted to discuss your responses further? If so please provide contact details below.

Response

1. Does your local authority have specific criteria for the assessment of noise from MUGAs under the new/old planning regime or for nuisance investigations? If so, what are they?
None at present
2. Do you recommend that conditions relating to noise control be attached to any planning permission granted for MUGAs within your area? If so, are these specific to MUGAs? Please give examples if possible.
I am not aware of any recent conditions attached to planning permissions and am only aware of one recent application that included a MUGA as part of the proposals.

3.. How many MUGAs do you have in your area? Where possible, please give planning application references and/or location details.
Only aware of one in a current housing development near to Brentwood town centre (redevelopment of Highwood Hospital)

4. Have you received any noise complaints about MUGA facilities in the last 5 years?

Some complaints have been received relating to skateboard parks but unable to determine numbers specifically relating to these facilities from the recording system or to determine outcomes

* If yes, how many?
* What were the main noise sources being complained about? e.g. kicking of the ball, people, impact noise?
* How many of the complaints were substantiated?
* Have any complaints led to noise abatement notices, planning enforcement or legal proceedings?


Other questions (non FOI but your answers would be really appreciated)
1. Would an assessment methodology and/or criteria and noise limits specifically for MUGAs be useful to your authority?

Yes

2. Do you agree to being contacted to discuss your responses further? If so please provide contact details below.
David Carter 01277 312509