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Terms of Reference

The Noise Working Party considers noise issues across the UK. Its’ remit includes:

  • reviewing the regulation of noise at local and central government levels;
  • implementation of the European Environmental Noise Directive (END);
  • ambient and neighbourhood noise;
  • the protection afforded to those who are affected by noise under the common law or other systems of law which are applicable in the UK;
  • compliance with noise legislation;
  • the enforcement of noise law.

The working party meets three times every year: in the spring term, at the UKELA annual conference in summer, and in the autumn term.

Anyone who is a member of UKELA can join. If you would like to get involved, contact the convenor Francis McManus.

Next meeting

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 2nd May 2019 1600hrs at Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London and the agenda will be as follows:


1 Convenor’s welcome

2 Apologies for absence

3 Minutes of meeting held in FTB 10th April 2018 (none held 23rd June 2018)(Previously circulated)

4 Matters arising

5 A general discussion on various technical issues, including; easements and noise; EIA Reports, with special reference to noise; NPPF and noise; the Agent of Change; new WHO European Guidelines. Any other topics of interest.

6 Consultations

7 Speaker for next meeting tbh at Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, on Saturday 29th June 2019

8 DONM (as in ‘7’)


Recent events

The most recent meeting was held on November 8, 2.30 pm at Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London. Our speakers were Emma Tattersdill (Freeths LLP) and Kieran Gayler (Sharps Gayler)

The Working Party also recently met at UKELA's annual conference in Nottingham on 8th July 2017. The meeting included a presentation on windfarm noise by the group's convenor Frank McManus.

Windfarms: Whither Nuisance? Frank McManus' slide presentation, July 2017



Francis McManus

Professor Francis McManus is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Stirling.

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