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Extension of construction site working hours

This guidance has been provided for residents, developers and constructors involved with major developments (the construction of 10 or more dwellings). If residents experience problems with small developments, it is often quicker to try and resolve the problem with the site direct. If this is not possible or proves unsuccessful, residents can contact the council as outlined below.

On 25 March 2021, the government announced that the written ministerial statement, published in May 2020 on planning and construction working hours, will now remain in force until 30 September 2021.

This statement expects local planning authorities to approve requests to extend construction working hours temporarily to ensure safe working in line with social distancing guidelines from 8am until 9pm, Monday to Saturday, unless there are very compelling reasons against this. Sundays and Bank Holidays remain as non-working days.

We understand that extended construction hours may have an impact on nearby residents. More so than ever before, people are in their homes and we have seen an increase in the number of construction site nuisance complaints.

In line with government advice, we are asking contractors to be considerate of their neighbours and would like to thank residents for their patience during these unusual times. Our Environmental Health team is working with developers to ensure that every effort is made to minimise and control noise.

Thank you. You response is appreciated.

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