Husbands Bosworth Parish Council

Serving the people of Husbands Bosworth

Extended Construction Working Hours

The Government's Written Ministerial Statement issued on the 13 May 2020 on planning and construction hours makes it clear that local planning authorities are expected to agree requests from developers to extend construction working hours to 9pm Monday to Saturday, until the 13 May 2021. In circumstances where there are no residential propetties nearby, even longer hours can be considered.

The aim of the Written Ministerial Statement is to make it easier for construction sites to follow public health guidance onsite, to facilitate safe working and stagger construction workers on site where social distancing might otherwise be challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where such requests are made, it will be important that developers consider potential impacts and, where necessary, put forward brief plans to manage concerns, drawing on existing good practice. For example, where possible we would encourage quiet working after 6pm and at weekends. Such plans should form part of the written request to the District Council as the local planning authority. In return, the District Council will aim to respond to such requests within 10 working days. Requests to extend the hours of construction will only be refused where there are very compelling reasons to do so as set out in the Written Ministerial Statement.

Members of the public who have any queries regarding the extension of construction working hours should email:

planningcompliance@harborough.gov.uk

More information on the Government's Written Ministerial Statement can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-construction-update-qa

Posted: Sat, 23 May 2020 14:29 by Sarah Mason

Tags: Buildings, Covid-19, Environment, Local