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The definition of noise and the different methods clients can use to try to remedy noise nuisance.

Definition of noise

Definitions and common sources of noise. 

Prevention of noise

Ways noise can be prevented using planning regulations and noise abatement zones. 

Courses of action

Dealing with noise by using the Environmental Protection Act 1990 or taking action using the tort of nuisance. 

Specific remedies against occupiers

Specific remedies for noise caused by an occupier. 

Noise due to the condition of the property

Noise that may be caused by problems at the occupier's own property. 

Specific remedies

Remedies available for certain specific sources of noise. 

Inaction by the council/PRPSH

What occupiers can do if they are unhappy with the action taken by the council or a PRPSH. 

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