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Noise and Nuisance

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Noise is unwanted sound and when it reaches certain levels and intensities it becomes annoying, leading to stress and possible physical and psychological health problems. Nuisance is adverse impact on a person's ability to enjoy their amenity, either within or outside their residence.

There are three types of nuisance with noise regarded as the largest problem.

There is statutory nuisance, where a particular nuisance has been made so by statute, such as the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Then there is public nuisance and private nuisance which are within Common Law.