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Focussed Noise Monitoring Study 2013 (FNM2013) - NO0238

Defra is the Department responsible for implementing the Government’s policy of promoting good health and a good quality of life (wellbeing), through the effective management of noise in the context of Government policy on sustainable development. Defra (and its predecessors) had carried out National Noise Incidence Studies (NNIS) in 1990 and 2000 (i.e. noise measurement studies). To some extent, the noise mapping carried out to meet our obligations under the Environmental Noise Directive provides equivalent information. However, the mapping results show only the impact of certain sources, and gives values only for an annual average 24 hour period. Information about the noise experienced from all sources is not available, neither are data regarding the diurnal pattern of noise levels. Consequently, there was a need to update that aspect of the information. A smaller, yet comparable, study to the NNIS was therefore developed to secure the required information in a cost effective manner.

The study is important as it is the only occasion where noise levels are measured at relatively random locations across England, as opposed to targeting areas because they have been pre-identified as either containing, or having an absence of, a particular noise source (e.g. major transport route, tranquil area, industrial site). One particular feature of this study was the inclusion of some sites where measurements had been carried out previously, in a few cases up to 50 years ago. The results will provide an indication of how the noise environment is changing both in terms of overall noise level but also in terms of the pattern of noise level which will help provide information about the effectiveness of the implementation of the Noise Policy Statement for England.
The FMN2013 aims to:
• provide a snap-shot view of the acoustic environment at selected sites throughout England;
• supplement the results of the strategic noise mapping such as a comparison of average against background parameters;
• provide additional information concerning acoustic sources not mapped as part of the END, e.g. neighbour and neighbourhood noise as defined in the Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE);
• provide information on the diurnal acoustic pattern in England; and
• provide information such that comparisons in the change to the acoustic environment over time can be made.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : NANR313 FNM Additional Analysis Report   (5056k)
• FRP - Final Report : NANR313 FNM Report   (22480k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2014

Cost: £202,249
Contractor / Funded Organisations
URS Infrastructure and Environment UK, Ltd
Fields of Study