The Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 (as amended) transpose the Environmental Noise Directive into domestic law for England. These Regulations apply to environmental noise, mainly from transport. The regulations require regular noise mapping and action planning for road, rail and aviation noise and noise in large urban areas (agglomerations).
They also require us to produce Noise Action Plans based on the maps for road and rail noise and noise in agglomerations. The Action Plans identify Important Areas (areas exposed to the highest levels of noise) and suggests ways the relevant authorities can reduce these. Major airports and those which affect agglomerations are also required to produce and publish their own Noise Action Plans separately.
The Regulations do not apply to noise from domestic activities such as noise:
- created by neighbours
- at work places
- inside means of transport
They also do not apply to noise due to military activities in military areas.
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