Unwanted environmental noise produced by a business or workplace can be considered as a statutory nuisance if it causes an unlawful interference with a person’s use or enjoyment of their land or property. Noise can also be classified as a form of environmental pollution, particularly where it is caused by construction work, by road traffic, by railways and by aircraft. In this context it is seen as harmful to individuals and to communities, diminishing quality of life and creating stress.

The main provisions for controlling environmental noise exist under the statutory nuisance provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Control of Pollution Act 1974 and the Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993. The Noise Act 1996, the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 also include measures to control local noise nuisance.

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