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Sound is essential to our daily lives, but noise is not - noise can be defined as unwanted sound. It is a source of irritation and stress for many people and can even damage our hearing if it is loud enough.
A nuisance is often difficult to establish but, generally speaking, if something is unreasonable to the average person, a court might decide it is a statutory nuisance. Noise nuisance is covered by Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Listed below are some types of noise that may be regarded as a nuisance.
- Audible Intruder Alarms
- Aviation noise
- Barking Dogs
- Bird Scarers
- Commercial or Industrial premises
- Construction Works
- Loudspeakers in the Street
- Neighbour Noise
- Noise from Crowing Cockerels
- Vehicles, Machinery or Equipment in the Street
Noise and Planning
Aberdeenshire Council Environmental Health has produced guidance informing prospective developers, and others, of the part it plays as a consultee in the planning process. The guides indicate certain information that will be required by Environmental Health before it can respond to planning consultations.