Proposals to extend law on noise, statutory nuisance

Proposals to strengthen the law on noise and statutory nuisances were announced in a consultation paper issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE) on 9 June.1 A Private Member's Bill to give effect to the proposals was introduced in the House of Commons a day later.

The proposals are mostly intended to implement recommendations made by an official working party on noise pollution in October 1990 (ENDS Report 189, pp 31-2). But the DoE has also mooted limited amendments of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which would ease control of statutory nuisances in general.

The main proposals are as follows:

  • Noise in the street: Under section 80 of the 1990 Act, abatement notices may be se

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