The consultation applies to England only and seeks views from all relevant stakeholders on the draft noise action plans for agglomerations, major roads(outside agglomerations) and major railways (outside agglomerations). These have been prepared to fulfil the relevant obligations in the Environmental
Noise (England) Regulations 2006, as amended (‘the Regulations’), which transpose Directive 2002/49/EC on the assessment and management of environmental noise, known as the Environmental Noise Directive (END).
The draft noise action plans identify important areas from the strategic noise mapping and describes the process to be followed to determine what, if any, further noise mitigation measures might be carried out in those areas in the context of sustainable development. The draft noise action plan template for agglomerations also describes the proposed process for identifying and managing quiet areas, with the aim of preserving environmental noise quality
where it is considered good. Full consultation documentation can be found on the Defra web-site