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Noise: Pollution Control

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to promote the Noise Strategy since May 2007; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government's strategic aims for noise are set out in the Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE). This seeks to promote good health and a good quality of life through the effective management of noise in the context of Government policy on sustainable development.

The NPSE has been widely promoted and is now reflected in many other policies such as the National Planning Policy Framework, the National Policy Statements that support Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, and the Aviation Policy Framework. Its aims are also embedded in the transport Noise Action Plans, which seek to encourage appropriate action to manage noise at the local level. The NPSE is available online at: and I have placed a copy in the Library of the House.

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