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There are now temporary arrangements to relax planning conditions relating to working hours on construction sites.

The government has also produced guidance on this temporary arrangement.

Request to increase working hours on a development site

If you wish to make a request to increase the working hours on a development site, please complete the application form and risk assessment. Please submit your request by email.

A decision will then be made on whether your request is considered acceptable or whether you need to submit a formal planning application to amend the relevant planning condition or submit a new discharge of condition application.

Developers are advised that while each submission to extend construction hours will be considered on its own merits, based on the information provided within the completed forms, as a standard rule the following criteria will apply:

  • Short term – three months or below
  • Modest increase – up to two hours extra per day (as long as such falls between 7am and 9pm)
  • Longer term – more than three months
  • More significant – more than two hours extra per day

A three month increase of no more than two hours (between 7am and 9pm only) will likely be agreed via informal letter, provided there are no particular site specific issues arising. A longer term or more significant time extension period will result in a likely need to apply through either a new discharge of condition or s.73 planning application.

If an application is required, developers are advised to read advice produced by our environmental health team. Note that we strongly encourage developers, no matter the route of agreement to contact all households, which could reasonably be affected by activities on site, in writing, at least 24 hours prior to the extended hours coming into effect. This correspondence should include contact details of a site operative for local residents to contact, if any subsequent issues arise.

Despite any agreement regarding extended construction hours, the council retains the right, under the provisions of the section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974, to impose formal controls on the hours and noise emitted from any activity involving any of the following:

  • the erection, construction, alteration, repair or maintenance of buildings, structures or roads;
  • breaking up, opening or boring under any road or adjacent land in connection with the construction, inspection, maintenance or removal of works;
  • demolition or dredging work; and
  • any work of engineering construction (whether or not also comprised in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) above)

Under the provisions of the Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to require the formal abatement, restriction or prohibition of activities giving rise to a potential or actual actionable statutory nuisance as specified in Part III of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.