The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) in London wants to ban noisy construction work on Saturdays and cut weekday construction times by 30 minutes.
Under the proposal put out for consultation, noisy activities like demolition work, piling or drilling, which are audible at the site boundary, would be prohibited outside designated hours. Currently noisy working is allowed from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and until 6.30pm on weekdays. If the consultation wins enough support the council plans to impose the new working hours later this year.
The council also wants construction companies to improve the way they communicate with residents affected by noisy and dusty work.
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea cabinet member for environmental health councillor Tim Ahern said: “Construction work is part and parcel of everyday life, but in such a densely populated borough as Kensington & Chelsea it is very important that we do whatever we can to make sure disruption to residents’ lives is minimised.
“We think the proposals contained in our draft Code of Construction Practice are sensible and recognise the needs to undertake noisy and dusty work but focus the minds of developers and builders to the need to communicate clearly and mitigate, wherever possible, the impact their works are having.”
A council spokesman said: “the draft Code of Construction Practice sets out a range of measures and methods designed to reduce the impact of noise on residents. We believe it is flexible and, when absolutely necessary, exemptions would be considered. However we expect that it will apply to most typical construction projects.
“Developers involved with major projects can contact the council, well in advance of work commencing to apply for an S61 under the Control of Pollution Act 1974. This gives both the Council and the developer the opportunity to agree specific details and suitable noise mitigation.”
Comments on the draft Code of Construction Practice can be made until Wednesday 21 October 2015.