Noise abatement zones "failing to meet objectives"

Noise abatement zones (NAZs) have failed to meet their objectives and have fallen into virtual disuse since they were introduced in 1976, a study for the Department of the Environment (DoE) has concluded. But the Government's promise three years ago to devise more effective procedures in NAZs appears unlikely to bear fruit in the near future.

The study was carried out for the DoE by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in response to a recommendation by the official Noise Review Working Party in 1990 (ENDS Report 189, pp 31-32). It was completed last year, but the DoE has persistently refused to make it public. However, the findings have been summarised in a conference paper presented by its author, Colin Grimwood of BRE.

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