Health concerns 2

By contrast with the finding of the inspector in Health concerns 1, another inspector has dismissed an appeal for a block of flats near a noisy road junction in Surrey (DCS Number 200-008-320), finding that the design would “create habitable rooms that would be exposed to unacceptable noise levels and this would be extremely likely to negatively impact upon the health and welfare of occupiers.” In so doing she acknowledged council advice that “there can be hidden impacts resulting from noise upon health, such as, increased adrenaline that has of more recent times been linked with sleep loss and dementia.”

The daytime noise levels exceeded maximum thresholds set by local plan policy and thereby would result in an unacceptable adverse effect detrimental to the health and welfare of future residents, she decided.

While people can exercise the personal choice of having a late bedtime, the point the inspector has here is that the planning system ought to be providing an environment which facilitates healthy lifestyle choices.

Discussion of planning policy in relation to noise pollution can be found at section 4.161 of DCP Online.