Conditions for construction in Cheltenham are temporarily relaxed

Published on 19th May 2020

a builder surveying a building

The council has been considering whether and how it can help the construction industry locally while being fair to local residents.

Now in line with the government announcement on 13 May 2020, enforcement of the council’s standard conditions limiting the hours of operation at construction sites is being temporarily relaxed.

From today until the end of August 2020, guidance to the construction industry regarding hours of work, subject to safeguards, is as follows:

Monday to Friday: 7am to 8pm

Saturday: 8am to 4pm

Sundays and bank holidays: no working.

If and when the government makes further announcements we will update our approach accordingly.

Cllr Steve Jordan, leader of the council, said: “The council is continually looking for ways to support its residents and economy through the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

“The construction industry has been severely impeded due to site closures and continues to be affected by social distancing requirements.

 ‘’Covid-19 has impacted many construction projects and a ten week project could potentially now take 20 weeks to complete. The council understands that residents would have further noise and disruption and the relaxation of hours will help to address this, enabling projects to catch up on lost time.’’

“These temporary changes will also give the industry the opportunity to catch up, by giving an additional 16.5 hours a week to work.

“We urge people to abide by these new temporary arrangements and the safeguards that apply.”

The situation will be continually monitored and reviewed, and the council reserves the right to revert to approved hours of working where problems are identified. Noise complaints can continue to be made, the details of which can be found at on the council’s website.

The safeguards that apply to this temporary arrangement are as follows:

  • Between 7am to 7:30am and 6pm to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 1pm to 4pm on a Saturday, no noisy construction works should take place.
  • If you intend to work beyond these revised hours or make significant noise between 7am to 7:30am and 6pm to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 1pm to 4pm on a Saturday, you need to seek the permission of the council 5 working days in advance of undertaking works (email planningenforcement@cheltenham.gov.uk with site address, contact details and proposals)
  • Noise nuisance enforcement powers remain unchanged, and where a noise nuisance is found the council will continue to take appropriate action.
  • The situation will be continually monitored and reviewed and the council reserves the right, at any time, to revert to the approved hours of working which can be found on the council’s website.

Reminder on best practice:

  • In all cases, sympathetic site management should be demonstrated
  • Be considerate of local residents either working from or confined to their homes during Covid-19
  • Notify neighbours before causing disruption (in writing)
  • Notifying the council of any planned, significant disruption so we are aware and can responding accordingly ( planningenforcement@cheltenham.gov.uk)

 

For more information on planning and development or to contact the planning team, visit the council’s webpages.


 

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