Conditional approval, as per recommendation, and subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to ensure delivery of affordable housing, and an informative to read:-
‘Approved Document E – Resistance to the Passage of Sound’ (2003)(amended in 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2015) deals with sound insulation between residential units, but it also mentions non-domestic neighbouring uses and separating elements (in Section 0: Performance) as follows:
0.8 The performance standards set out in Tables 1a and 1b are appropriate for walls, floors and stairs that separate spaces used for normal domestic purposes. A higher standard of sound insulation may be required between spaces used for normal domestic purposes and communal or non-domestic purposes. In these situations the appropriate level of sound insulation will depend on the noise generated in the communal or non-domestic purposes. In these situations the appropriate level of sound insulation will depend on the noise generated in the communal or non-domestic space. Specialist advice may be needed to establish if a higher standard of sound insulation is required, and, if so, to determine the appropriate level.”
As such the standard makes clear that the specification of sound insulation works and the required performance of any sound insulation needs to be determined by the locations of any proposed / existing domestic uses, the locations of proposed or existing non-domestic uses (and the noise implications presented by proximities). Noise implications should dictate what mitigation will be needed to ensure acceptable internal noise protection to noise sensitive neighbours.