Next door row affects one in three in the UK

Noisy neighbours disturb almost one third of UK residents, according to a survey published by DEFRA last week.

The poll carried out by MORI, says that the problem is biggest in areas of high-density housing and in social rented accommodation. Loud music, shouting and banging are cited as the most common cause for complaints.

Forty per cent of people troubled by noise have complained to neighbours, councils or the police, while a quarter have confronted noise-makers directly.

Respondents suggested that housing should be structured so that "like" groups, such as families, live in the same area.

RTPI policy and research director Kelvin MacDonald said: "High-density doesn't have to mean lower standards of sound insulation or poor layout design. Mixed tenure is important, it just needs to be handled sensitively."

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