Carrying Out Noise Assessments for Proposed Supermarket Developments

Matthew Harwood

New Zealand Acoustics, 22(1), pp.4- 12 . (2009).

Whether they are small independent stores or larger multi faceted complexes, the potential for noise impacts from supermarket developments is considerable. A thorough assessment of all potential noise sources associated with the development should be undertaken. Ideally such an assessment should be conducted at the design stage to assist in minimising the noise impact on the surrounding community, as far as reasonably practicable. The aim of this paper is to discuss the various issues encountered when assessing proposed supermarket and associated developments, the variety of noise sources and mitigation measures.