The European Directive on the Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise (END) has identified the importance of so-called ‘Quiet Areas’. The END requires Member States to produce action plans in order to protect these areas against any increase in noise in the future.
In response, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has commissioned TRL to carry out a review of existing knowledge and to propose appropriate methodologies for identifying Quiet Areas.
A review of relevant literature is presented together with a review of the END and relevant legislation/guidance to assist in the development of proposals for identifying Quiet Areas.
Proposals for procedures to identify Quiet Areas in Agglomerations and Quiet Areas in Open Country are set out based on acoustic, land use and area criteria. In the longer term a more flexible approach which includes consultation with stakeholders and taking account of local opinion and perceptions. The more subjective approach recognises that noise exposure, land use and area criteria alone may not identify parks and open spaces which are most highly valued as Quiet Areas.

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