Noise abatement zones

Two successful prosecutions taken by a local authority for a breach of registered noise levels in a noise abatement zone (NAZ) are believed to be the first of their kind since the power to establish NAZs was introduced by the Control of Pollution Act 1974. Within NAZs noise levels may be controlled without the need to prove a nuisance, and some 40 have now been set up.

The cases concerned premises in the City of Sheffield which were used as practice rooms by several rock groups. The building was within a NAZ set up on 1983, and noise levels for the musicians had been duly measured and entered in the Noise Level Register.

Following complaints in July 1984, environmental health officers found that noise levels during one practice session exceeded the registered levels by 3-4dB(A) (15-minute Leq

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