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GPG on TGD-E,2014 (Irish Building Regulations on Sound)

The AACI Good Practice Guidance Document on TGD-E,2014

The following document is at present under preparation at AACI and due for release at the latter part of quarter 1, 2020. The guidance is not considered to be a substitute for TGD-E, 2014, but instead a document highlights good practice in an attempt to bring about higher construction standards and bring recognition to residential builders who exceed the minimum performance requirements described in TGD-E, 2014.  The document will include practical checklists and set out the benefits of using qualified acoustic consultants when seeking design advice.



New revised Acoustics of Schools : a design guide in UK

This document jointly published by the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) is designed to accompany the revised performance standards for the acoustic design of schools published by the Department for Education in December 2014 (White cover below). This latest document is a revision of the guidance previously published in 2003 as Sections 2 to 7 of Building Bulletin 93: Acoustic Design of Schools and you can download the pdf here (Blue cover below).

BB93 2015       BB93_2.15


Mum threatens neighbour over ‘noisy sex’ and telling her to ‘go and do it in a field!’

Source: The Sun

Date: 26th July 2018

Michelle Whelton hurled abuse at a woman in the street after her boyfriend moved in and they started making a lot of noise in Haverfordwest

Whelton was arrested and claimed her family had been disturbed by the woman have noisy sex in the flat next door.


A mum threatened a female neighbour after being enraged by her having “noisy sex”, a court heard.

Michelle Whelton, 49, hurled abuse at the woman as she left her home – and telling her: “Go and have sex in a field.”

Horrified neighbours and children watched as Whelton threatened that she would get a “good kicking.”

Whelton was arrested and claimed her family had been disturbed by the woman having noisy sex in a nearby flat.

Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones said: “She told police that when the woman has sex with her boyfriend she screams and makes a lot of noise.”

A court heard the victim moved house following the incident on February 21 after falling pregnant.

The row was sparked when the victim put in a noise complaint against Whelton for playing music late at night.

But furious Whelton got drunk and flew into a rage in the street at 6pm in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Mr Pritchard-Jones said: “It appears that Miss Whelton was drunk and she continued to be abusive.”

A victim impact statement said the mum was afraid to stay in her own home.

The mum said: “All I did was put in a noise complaint to the council and now I’m being punished for it.

“She has no idea of the impact of her behaviour.”

Defending Mike Kelleher said it was the culmination of “months of neighbourhood problems.”

Horrified neighbours and children watched as Whelton threaten the woman in the street (pictured/ file image)(Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE) 

He said: “The neighbour’s boyfriend moved in, and Miss Whelton was asking her to keep the noise down so her 13-year-old did not have to hear her.”Whelton, of Haverfordwest, claimed the neighbour said Whelton’s daughter should get to know the facts about the birds and the bees.


Owner of pub agrees to keep the noise down

The owner of a pub in Athenry has agreed to soundproof the premises following complaints from neighbours about noise.

The neighbours had lodged an objection to Kevin Kelly’s application to renew his publican’s licence for Dan’s Bar on North Gate Street, Athenry following the opening of a function room upstairs.

Gearóid Geraghty, representing Mr Kelly in the civil matter before Loughrea District Court, told Judge James Faughnan that his client had carried out some soundproofing adding that he had not held any music events on the premises since the complaint had been lodged.

In fact, apart from two pub quizzes being held this month — one last week and another this on March 23, that area was not being used.

Mr Geraghty pointed out that it would cost a total of €126,000 to completely soundproof the premises, which was money his client did not have. Mr Kelly had already spent €18,000 trying to resolve the issues.

Judge Faughnan insisted that both parties come to an agreement before the end of the court sitting, adding that there were simple steps that could be taken.

“He caused it, so it’s his problem. It’s a nuisance,” added the Judge.

Mr Geraghty said that there had been breaches unintended by his client and he was more than happy to come to an agreement with the complainants.

Judge Faughnan warned that Mr Kelly had now given an undertaking to the court and that any breach would be a breach of a court order.


Source: Connacht Tribune


New Proposals to Bring Above the Shop Premises into Use for Homes

Minister  for  Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D., and Minister Damien English T.D., have today (14th December, 2017) brought forward proposals for vacant commercial premises to tackle the housing shortage as part of exempted development regulations laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. This is the first step in the approval process for the relevant regulations, as set out in the Planning Act, which requires the draft regulations to be referred to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government for its consideration with a view to their subsequent approval by both Houses by way of positive resolution before they can be signed into law by the Minister.

Proposals for Exempted Development.

The Planning Act provides that the Minister may make regulations to provide that certain classes of development shall be exempted from the requirement to obtain planning permission.  The three sets of draft exempted development regulations now proposed relate to exemptions for:

  • development by Irish Water related to the provision of water services and the undertaking of normal day to day activities relating to same, such as maintenance type works,
  • the change of use, and any related works, relating to the conversion of vacant commercial premises for residential use (subject to certain limitations), on foot of the commitment in Rebuilding Ireland in this regard, and
  • amending existing provisions relating to certain works by statutory undertakers in providing telecommunications services, to support the rollout of the National Broadband Plan and extended mobile phone coverage.

As a central element in this package of draft exempted development regulations, the Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Mr Eoghan Murphy, T.D., highlighted in particular the importance of the draft regulations aimed at facilitating the change of use of certain types of vacant buildings to bring them back into productive use as homes.

“These draft regulations, if approved by the Oireachtas, will allow the change of use of certain vacant commercial premises such as empty shops and “over the shop” type spaces to residential use without the need for planning permission. This will have the dual benefit of facilitating the bringing on stream of urgently needed housing supply in high demand areas while simultaneously breathing new life into inner-core urban areas many of which have been adversely affected by the economic downturn, he stated.

He continued, “The Government is fully committed to bringing as many vacant properties as possible back into use and maximising the use of existing resources. These new regulations will make it easier for property owners to re-imagine the use of vacant and under-used buildings without having to go through the planning process and are the first of a series of measures being developed by my Department to streamline the various regulatory requirements relating to the conversion of vacant spaces for residential use”.

Minister English added, “With these draft Regulations, we want to once again show how the planning system can be responsive to current needs and demands, by removing the need for planning consent where appropriate and thereby provide greater efficiencies in the system.”.

“All elements of the three sets of proposals I am bringing forward today have the potential to have a very real and positive impact on our citizens.  For example, they will support Irish Water in the efficient delivery of the vital service that it provides; they will assist in the accelerated roll-out of broadband and mobile services, in urban and particularly in rural areas, as envisaged by the Action Plan for Rural Development; and critically they will facilitate the re-use of the many vacant buildings in our cities and towns for housing purposes. I look forward to a positive engagement and discussion with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on these proposals in early 2018 so that the new provisions can be brought into operation as soon as possible.”