Extended construction hours

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th June 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

The Government intends to allow construction sites to apply to work until up to 9pm to catch up with lost time during the Coronavirus lockdown. Do you agree that in most residential areas in London this is deeply unwelcome and will result in longer hours of noise and disturbance, especially to older residents and families with small children?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Necessary public health measures to stem the flow of COVID-19, including social distancing, use of PPE and intensive hygiene regimes, have increased development costs and reduced the productive capacity of development sites across London. New government guidance encourages boroughs to take a positive approach to requests to change site operating hours in order to make up for lost productivity to deliver the homes London badly needs. Disturbance from construction sites is a real concern in London and longer operating hours has the potential to cause longer hours of disturbance for neighbouring residents. However, the Government guidance stresses the need to mitigate impacts on residential amenity. It is essential that applications for extended site operating hours are considered on a case-by-case basis, having regard to the nature of the request, the potential impacts on neighbouring amenity and any proposed mitigation.