The European Noise Directive (END) was adopted in 2004 and requires member states to bring about measures which are intended to avoid, prevent or reduce the harmful effects, including annoyance, due to exposure to environmental noise. The END was transposed through the Environmental Noise (Scotland) Regulations 2006
Every five years, the END requires the Scottish Government to produce strategic noise maps and thereafter prepare noise action plans based on the results of the noise mapping and then consult the public on these action plans. This consultation seeks the views of those individuals and / or organisations that hold an interest in noise pollution.
The consultation will run until 23 November 2018, after which responses will be evaluated and where appropriate the draft noise action plans amended. It is anticipated that the noise action plans will be formally approved early in 2019.
More information and the online consultation response form are available on the Scottish Government Consultation Hub