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1. POLICY STATEMENT ................................................................................................3

2. INTRODUCTION/PURPOSE ......................................................................................3

3. RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY.........................................................................5

4. NOISE MONITORING.................................................................................................6

5. METHODOLOGY ........................................................................................................7

6. CATEGORIES OF USE/OPERATION CONTROLS....................................................8

7. COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE...................................................................................10

APPENDIX ......................................................................................................................11

GLOSSARY OF TERMS..................................................................................................12

DEFINITIONS ..................................................................................................................13


It is the objective of M-Sport Limited to ensure that the surrounding amenity is not adversely affected by noise arising from activities associated with the use of M-Sport Evaluation Centre (MEC) test track.

[Note this is for BOTH the MEC building which is to produce cars ie a car factory as well as the test track.  

Thus the noise from the MEC factory is to be controlled by this NMP]


2.1. This Noise Management Plan is dated 29 March 2016 and has been produced by Northern Developments (Cumbria) Limited (ND) for M-Sport Limited (M-Sport) of Dovenby Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN.

2.2. This Noise Management Plan (NMP) has been prepared in compliance with the requirements of condition 6 of the planning permission for the Development granted on 16 January 2015 (reference: 2/2014/0350), as amended by an application under Section 96A (reference: AM/2014/0350) (Planning Permission).

Condition 6 of the Planning Permission provides that:

"No operational use of the test track facility shall commence until an updated Noise Management Plan based on the principles and community noise levels set out in the Noise Management Plan Issue No 1 dated November 2014 – excluding category 1 activity which shall not be permitted, and save that the updated plan must include maximum noise levels as provided for below, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and until the completion of physical testing on site in order to demonstrate compliance with the agreed noise levels.

The Noise Management Plan shall include the following:

• LAeq 1 hour noise levels – see section 6.3

• Maximum noise levels measured in LAeq 5 minutes and LAmax – see sections 6.3 & 6.2

• Details of M Sport operational and management structure – see section 3

• Details of how the Council will access a noise monitoring scheme at all times – see section 4.4

• Details of the sound control and monitoring scheme and methodology used to demonstrate compliance with the community levels – see sections 6 & 5

• Details of the measures proposed to ensure compliance with the noise levels including reference to hours of operation, number of days and sound levels and the type of vehicles that will be permitted at the track – see section 6

• A detailed complaints procedure – see section 7

A review of the Noise Management Plan shall take place within the first six months of the operational use of the test track facility commencing and then annually thereafter. At all times the test track facility shall operate in accordance with the most recently approved Noise Management Plan. The test track shall operate at all times in accordance with the noise levels set out in the Noise Management Plan" (Condition 6).

2.3. Condition 6 requires the NMP to be reviewed by Allerdale Borough Council (ABC) in consultation with M-Sport within the first six months of the operational use of the MEC test track commencing and then annually thereafter. The purpose of the review is to assess compliance with the noise limits and operational issues associated with the MEC test track and make any necessary amendments to the NMP.

2.4. The NMP has been produced by ND for M-Sport and provides noise limits and operational controls which meet the requirements of Condition 6 of the Planning Permission. The NMP also provides details of the noise monitoring scheme that will be undertaken by M-Sport in order to establish if the noise limits and operational controls are being met.

2.5. The main objective of the NMP is to ensure that the Community Levels resulting from operations of the MEC test track do not give rise to unacceptable amenity noise impacts. It provides a comprehensive noise control and management plan to ensure that the MEC test track can operate successfully without undue disturbance to the local community.

2.6. The nature of the controls required to manage noise impact within the community will be based on permitted noise levels for a specified number of days within a specified period of operation throughout a calendar year. The control method and principles included within this NMP shall form the basis of the operation of the facility.

2.7. This plan is based on motor vehicles travelling in a single direction, (counter clockwise) on the circuit, as intended and designed.


3.1. The Managing Director of M-Sport holds overall responsibility for the operation and management of the MEC and compliance with the NMP.

3.2. The Managing Director will appoint a Test Controller. The Test Controller is responsible for all day to day operations of the MEC test track and compliance with the NMP.

3.3. All persons involved with noise control and testing will be suitably trained,

i.e. have the knowledge, skills and experience to undertake environmental noise measurements. As a basic standard they will be required to obtain the Institute of Acoustics Certificate of Competence Environmental Noise Measurement.

3.4. The Test Controller may at times delegate operational control and responsibility for compliance with the NMP to a suitably trained person (as 3.3 above) appointed as Duty Test Steward.

3.5. The Duty Test Steward will have delegated powers to ensure effective control over the use of the MEC test track in accordance with the NMP even if the Test Controller or Managing Director is not in attendance. The Duty Test Steward shall have delegated powers that ensure that in matters relating to day to day noise management they cannot be overruled by any other representative of M Sport, their customers, or any MEC test track users. The overall responsibility for the operation of the track and compliance with the NMP on any day rests with the Managing Director as stated in 3.1.

3.6. The Test Controller will ensure that all operational staff are aware of the requirements of the NMP and ensure that it is implemented as required.

3.7. The Test Controller will be the first point of contact in relation to issues relating to the use of or noise arising from the MEC test track. Full contact details for the Test Controller will be available at all times on the M-Sport website at

3.8. The Test Controller is responsible for the satisfactory resolution of any complaints in accordance with the Complaints Procedure (see section 7) and ensuring that any corrective actions are carried out. A log of all complaints will be kept on site by the Test Controller and available for viewing upon reasonable notice by interested parties and ABC during working hours.


4.1.  As noted in section 3 this NMP includes the requirement for a Test Controller in the site management structure. The Test Controller will be responsible for and have authority to control all MEC test track activity. Such authority can be delegated to a Duty Test Steward. The Test Controller or a Duty Test Steward will be named as the responsible person every day the MEC test track is in use. It is noted that there may be more than one Test Controller or a Duty Test Steward available on a specific day and their duties under the NMP may be shared with other track functions and responsibilities that they hold. All people available to undertake the position of Duty Test Steward will be fully trained in their role and responsibilities as stated in 3.3.

4.2. The Test Controller or Duty Test Steward will have real time Track Data at all times that the MEC test track is in use, this Track Data will allow the positive management of all activities and resulting noise on the MEC test track which will allow MEC test track activities to be controlled in order to comply with the LAeq and LAFmax control levels set out in the NMP. The Track Data will be measured and displayed in real time in the track control room, where the Track Controller / Duty Test Steward will be based.

4.3. Each time the MEC test track is used a full log will be retained, recording noise levels, actual LAeq and LAFmax levels during each hour, as well as type/model of vehicle, driver details, start and finish times. Due to the effect that weather conditions can have on noise, the weather, wind direction and speed will also be measured and logged, the impact shall be considered and trackside measurements will be adjusted based upon the Managing Director and/or Test Controller and/or Duty Test Stewards experience to ensure compliance with the NMP and Community Levels is maintained. This adjustment will be based upon an evolving understanding through the operation of the facility on a day to day basis. This noise monitoring approach is considered to be best practice.

4.4. Within 24hours of each day of use the Track Data will be uploaded onto a dedicated area/page within the M Sport web site at Officers of ABC will be afforded direct access in the control room to all live Track Data being recorded at the MEC at any time.

4.5. Noise data will be compared against the noise pyramid system; the data will include category days used to date.

4.6. All Track Data recorded shall be stored for a minimum period of 24 months.

4.7. All noise/weather monitoring equipment will be installed and commissioned by a specialist installer and tested before use, then calibrated as required or as a minimum annually thereafter with certification to be provided, retained and published on the M-Sport web site.


5.1 The operational procedures are based upon carrying out noise monitoring at all times during use of the MEC test track via a trackside monitoring system.

5.2 Adopting good practice procedure, M-Sport will record background noise levels within the community at regular intervals of no less than 6 months to refresh their data.

5.3 Monitoring to determine compliance with the NMP shall be undertaken using an integrating-averaging sound level meter or equivalent instrument conforming to Type 1 standard. The sensitivity of the equipment shall be checked by using an appropriate acoustic calibrator before and after each day’s use. Sound level meter calibration by the manufacturer will be carried out and certified annually (in excess of the requirements of the 2005 Control of Noise at Work Regulations, which state that a sound level meter should be returned every two years for calibration). All noise measurements will be carried out in accordance with BS7445-1 2003 [Description and measurement of environmental noise. Guide to quantities and procedures]. Measured noise levels in wind speeds above 5m/s or where the microphone is affected by heavy precipitation will be annotated accordingly.

5.4 The noise levels will be measured 10m from the trackside by permanent noise monitoring equipment. The measured noise levels at trackside will be used to calculate the noise levels at the noise sensitive receptors to determine if the noise limits have been complied with. The location(s) of the track side monitor(s) will ensure that the noise levels, from the track, at the noise sensitive receptors can be accurately calculated. Optimum location(s) will be selected in agreement with ABC following construction and prior to operation of the test track.

5.5 An anemometer and wind vane will be used to measure wind speed and direction.

5.6 The noise level controls are stated as Community Levels, the method of checking compliance is based on the agreed noise reduction between source and receptor. This allows for adjustment of the agreed reduction level if required as part of the annual review of the NMP. This also allows for further mitigation measures to be introduced by M-Sport to allow for extra running without amending the fixed community conditions for each category of use.


6.1. The pyramid below provides the controlled noise levels at noise sensitive receptors, as a direct effect of operation of the MEC test track only; this does not and cannot take account of extant background noise levels which vary constantly.

6.2.Community LAFmax from operation of the MEC has been set at 76dB. This level has been reached following research, consideration and dialogue with ABC. In the absence of any legislation or clear precedent, a level has been set that is rational, reasonable and demonstrable. Importantly a level within the norms already experienced.

6.3.A pyramid system has been adopted in agreement with ABC to control average noise levels over 1 hour, LAeq1hour (as consented on January 2015, reference 2/2014/0350) and an additional control over a shorter period of5 minutes LAeq 5min (as directed by the revised condition 6 (issued on 1st October 2015 reference AM/2014/0350 ) as follows:

6.4 The uses shall be limited as set out below:

i. Category A activity shall not exceed forty five days in any calendar year.

Ii. Category B activity shall not exceed seventy five days in any calendar year.

Iii. Category C activity is unrestricted.

6.5The Categories referred to are defined as follows:

i. Category A – The Community Levels shall apply at any noise sensitive receptor. This category of use shall only occur between Monday to Friday of no more than one day of use per week and no more than five consecutive hours use during the day. Category A use is only permitted between 09.30 hours and 16.30 hours. After each category A track use day there will be at least one day of no track use other than category C use.

ii. Category B – The Community Levels shall apply at any noise sensitive receptor. This category of use shall only occur between Monday to Saturday of no more than two days use per week and no more than seven consecutive hours of use during the day within the hours of use limitations set out below at 6.7. There shall only be one Saturday use per month. After each category B track use day there will be at least one day of no track use other than category C use.

iii. Category C -The Community Levels shall apply at any noise sensitive receptor. Unrestricted use between the days of Monday and Saturday and within the hours of use limitations set out below at 6.7.

6.6. There shall be no category A, B or C usage permitted on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Saturdays shall be restricted to Category B and C days only, Category B use is limited to a maximum of one Saturday per month.

6.7. No use of the track permitted by this consent shall occur:

i. before 08.30 hours or after 17.00 hours from the commencement of British Summer Time in any one year;

ii. before 08.30 hours or after 19.00 from the commencement of Greenwich Mean Time in any one year.

6.8. Not more than one vehicle shall be tested at any one time on the test track for category A usage.

6.9. Any type of vehicle is permitted to use the test track subject to compliance with the controls above.

6.10. There shall be no public address system intelligible at the boundary of the site

6.11. The NMP is designed to provide proactive noise management in that M-Sport is responsible for monitoring and controlling the noise. If an event is scheduled as a Category B day (< LAeq 1 hour 50dB) and the highest hour exceeds 50dB then M Sport has used one of the 45 Category A 55dB days. This is an important part of the system, to ensure the number of Category Days for each Category Use is not exceeded annually.

6.12. A log of Category Days used and days available will be maintained on the dedicated webpage. In addition to the controls noted in 6.11, should for matters outside operational control the LAFmax be exceeded at any time, it will be classified as a technical warning. A maximum of three technical warnings are allowed in any one day.


7.1.Noise complaints can be made by calling or emailing the Test Controller or Duty Test Steward. Details will be provided on the M-Sport website at www.m­

7.2.Each complaint will be logged and acknowledged as soon as possible upon receipt, during working hours. The Test Controller or Duty Test Steward will speak to the complainant at the earliest possible opportunity during working hours to discuss the details of the complaint and agree a timescale for the investigation and for further responding to the complainant (in accordance with the diagram below). The complaint will be investigated by accessing the Track Data for the time in question.

7.3.Complaints will be addressed using the following procedure below:

7.4.Out of hours complaints will be recorded via a telephone answering machine or collected by e-mail and dealt with on the next working day as above.


Community Levels The noise level received at noise sensitive receptors as a direct result of operations at the facility, (Measured in LAeq(1hour), LAeq(5min) LAFmax).  


dB Sound levels from any source can be measured in frequency bands in order to provide detailed information about the spectral content of the noise, i.e. whether it is high-pitched, low-pitched, or with no distinct tonal character. These measurements are usually undertaken in octave or third octave frequency bands. If these values are summed logarithmically, a single dB figure is obtained. This is usually not very helpful as it simply describes the total amount of acoustic energy measured and does not take any account of the ear’s ability to hear certain frequencies more readily than others.  

dB(A) Instead, the dBA figure is used, as this is found to relate better to the loudness of the sound heard. The dBA figure is obtained by subtracting an appropriate correction, which represents the variation in the ear’s ability to hear different frequencies, from the individual octave or third octave band values, before summing them logarithmically. As a result the single dBA value provides a good representation of how loud a sound is.  

LAeq Since almost all sounds vary or fluctuate with time it is helpful, instead of having an instantaneous value to describe the noise event, to have an average of the total acoustic energy experienced over its duration. The LAeq, 07:00 – 23:00 for example, describes the equivalent continuous noise level over the 12 hour period between 7 am and 11 pm. During this time period the LpA at any particular time is likely to have been either greater or lower that the LAeq, 07:00 – 23:00.  

LAFmax The LAmax is the loudest instantaneous noise level. This is usually the loudest 125 milliseconds measured during any given period of time  


NOISE MANAGEMENT PLAN v2 April 2016 (with comments and annotations by objectors)