More noise at Coronation Sidings, say Network Noise boffins

Concerned residents gathered again at Heartlands School on 3rd August, this time to hear Network Rail’s acoustic experts describe how noise is being addressed in the application. It is understood that a further meeting or an update is to be held towards the end of the month. The meeting did not discuss the merits or any other aspects of the application.

The noise boffins predicted increased noise in line with limits agreed with Haringey Council, whose entitlement to set an increase was not explained. Residents complained that some railway operations already cause a nuisance and believe these should be dealt with in the application and removed from any assessment before attempting to model future noise levels. Examples of current sources of intrusive noise included old track alignment, the exposed train washer and diesel shunter and inconsiderate practices such as the PA and horn testing.

The statistics presented were based on a confusing range of time periods. Residents believed Network Rail should be working to stop noise nuisance through their night time, which means 7pm to 7am. The increase in noise, negotiated in private agreement with the council and without discussion with residents, is not acceptable. The council and Network Rail should agree to do better than best practice and reduce existing intrusive noise levels in a neighbourhood with an established community and one planned to grow as part of a major regeneration scheme.

Residents accepted that the main line brings with it passing bursts of noise but they expect the development to reduce noise, not increase it, either through new and better practices, or through the design of the buildings and activity to ensure that the quiet intervals remain quiet. It is essential to protect the ‘quiet intervals’, and not allow any increases based on averages, however cleverly calculated or justified by standards.

A number of other points were raised, including whether, if planning permission were granted, activity might increase in future, how planning conditions relating to noise would be enforced and noise arising during construction.

On a positive note, the Network Rail representatives said they were looking at creating a landscape barrier between New River Village and the new building. There was no mention of measures to improve conditions at the railway bridge or nearer Wightman Road, both aspects of the application that should be addressed.

The meeting contained some positive messages but residents believe a more comprehensive and considerate approach is needed. There was nothing in the presentation to address the increased disturbance to residents of West Point and Wightman Road will suffer or the adverse impact development will have on the proposed Heartlands development.

As presented, the information does not allay the concerns voiced by residents within the PMRA area and, therefore our objections based on increased noise from developments remain.

It is understood the application is to be considered by the council’s planning committee at its early September 2011 meeting. The Association, jointly with New River Village, Burghley Roads Area and Mildura Court Residents Associations plans to object to permission for the current proposals being granted.

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