Relaxing hours of construction

Planning and building control


The Government has introduced a fast track deemed consent route for developers to apply to vary the hours of construction.

The purpose is to enable developers to make up for lost time and get their projects back on track.

The Government has advised that extension of working hours until 9pm should not be refused without very compelling reasons.

In some cases, 24hr working may be appropriate e.g. areas not close to homes.

The relaxation of hours will apply until 1 April 2021, unless an earlier date is agreed.

Further guidance: modification of planning conditions relating to construction working hours

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The Council has 14 days to respond, otherwise deemed consent is given. For this reason, the Council will be unable to carry out public consultation. However, applicants are encouraged to provide details of mitigation plans and proposals to liaise with neighbours.

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The Council’s responsibilities under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to investigate complaints about impacts, including noise, vibration, odour, dust or light which could constitute a statutory nuisance remains in place.