Noise Reduction In Listed Buildings or Conservation Areas

July 11th, 2018

Whilst you may live in a beautiful house, in a beautiful neighbourhood – be protected by the English Heritage and the Local Government there’s one thing that you can’t simply escape.


Be it from planes, neighbours, roads, schools, or wherever, noise pollution has many guises all of which seem designed to permeate your property and drive you up the wall.

As we well know, listed buildings and homes in conservation areas fall under the strict jurisdiction and it can be a real nightmare to be permitted planning permission. So what can you do? There are basically only three options that you can pursue…

What Are The Options For Noise Reduction Windows In Conservation Areas?

Secondary Glazing

The first option is to install secondary glazing. This is a solution that won’t require any planning permissions, will not break the bank and will achieve a degree of noise reduction. However, they will look extremely ugly, take over your entire sill space and not actually make much of a difference to noise pollution.

So, they’re cheap and they’re simple, but they’re not good at their job and they’re cumbersome. Basically, these are the solution if you are on a shoestring budget and you just have to do something about the noise outside. If the problem of noise pollution isn’t great they will help, but for those who have a real problem, they’re best avoided.

Acoustic Panelling

Generally coming in at around an inch thick, acoustic panelling will help you reduce noise reduction from noisy neighbours that will have you banging on the walls at night. Coming in a range of designs, you can create a design that suits your room, but they aren’t going to fit straight into any property and in most cases will look unattractive.

Noise Dampening Plastic Film

Another option in conservation areas is placing noise dampening plastic film over your existing window frames. This avoids needing planning permission, but once more will only offer you a limited amount of noise reduction.

Noise Reducing Blinds & Curtains

There are plenty of these products out there on the market which will offer you some form of noise reduction. However, there are two clear issues:
The reduction you will experience will be fairly minimal and useless in most areas.
You will have to close your curtains and blinds all the time.

Installing Like for Like Windows

These will absolutely require planning permission to install, but they are hands down the best solution. You can expect 40 dB reductions in sound and can also get windows tailor-made to suit those already installed in your property in order to pass planning permission standards. The issue here is that you will require a full installation and it can take up to ten weeks, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait.

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