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Road and rail noise focus of revised planning policy

Better land use and development outcomes around transport corridors such as METRONET are the aim of a revised State policy covering road and rail noise.

Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti today released the revised State Planning Policy 5.4: Road and Rail Noise (SPP5.4) and associated guidelines for public comment.

The revised policy, originally gazetted in 2009, seeks to provide clearer guidance to minimise unreasonable levels of transport noise while protecting the State’s major transport corridors.

It also puts a greater focus on road and rail noise earlier in the planning process.

The proposed changes seek to:

  •  Simplify the noise criteria and assessment process;
  • Provide new noise exposure categories that correspond with quiet house design requirements such as building orientation, window glazing and insulation; and
  • Provide standardised templates for noise management plans, local planning scheme provisions and notifications on titles.

SPP5.4 broadly applies to new residential developments that are proposed within a range of 60 to 300 metres from a specified transport corridor.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday December 15, 2017.  For more information, visit http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/SPP5.4

Source: Government of Western Australia.