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We are creating 63 quiet areas which are tranquil areas which will get more noise protection under planning policy.
“Tranquillity” is an untroubled state, which is peaceful, calm and free from unwanted disturbances. This can refer to a state of mind or a particular environment.

Tranquillity can be measured in terms of the absence of unwanted intrusions, or by a balancing of positive and negative factors.

The Countryside Council for Wales published maps of rural tranquil areas in Wales in 1997 and 2009. 

Areas of urban tranquillity may include public open spaces. These have less environmental noise than the surrounding roads. Other factors contribute to how tranquil a place feels. These include:

  • the presence of nature;
  • feeling safe;
  • visually pleasing surroundings; and
  • a relaxing atmosphere.

Urban tranquillity is important when creating quiet areas in cities covered by the Environmental Noise Directive. The need to protect urban quiet areas is included in Welsh planning policy.