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Birmingham City Council has completed the UK's first noise map. ...
Birmingham City Council has completed the UK's first noise map.

The computer-generated map shows levels of road, rail, air traffic and industrial noise throughout Birmingham's 330km square.

Noise investigation section manager John Hinton said: 'We believe this is the largest and most comprehensive noise mapping exercise ever done in one step worldwide.

'We can change the input so if we have a planning application which might affect noise levels we can model it and use the map to minimise the noise impact of the new development.'

A report on the project will be given to the DETR in the summer and will be used to assess the cost benefits of the scheme and to guide other councils in setting up noise maps. It will also be passed to the European Commission.
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