We investigate complaints about construction and demolition sites and give advice to contractors so they can keep pollution to a minimum.
As construction and demolition sites are often near existing housing, noise, dust and smoke from the site can sometimes result in complaints from nearby residents.
To avoid complaints, we ask contractors to follow these simple rules:
Working hours, deliveries and vehicle movements must be restricted to:
In exceptional circumstances, working outside these hours will be permitted. Contractors must obtain prior agreement from this department and will be expected to submit a Method Statement detailing how they intend to control noise from the site.
Any dust produced as a result of demolition, construction and vehicle movements must be kept to a minimum by damping down with water. Stockpiles of materials must be kept damp to prevent windblown dust.
Please follow the guidance on controlling dust and emissions, available to download below.
On all sites, the best practicable means of minimising noise must be used:
No burning is to take place on the site. All waste materials must be removed from the site and disposed of at an authorised waste disposal site.
Builders can do a lot to reduce the impact of a development by involving the local community and keeping them informed. For example:
This is a national scheme set up by the construction industry. The aim of the scheme is to improve the image of the construction industry and to raise standards.
Sites that register with the scheme are monitored against a code of considerate practice designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.
We have adopted the central and local government concordat on good enforcement practice and our enforcement policy leaflet, available to download below, explains the approach that will be adopted by officers when carrying out our duties.
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