Under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 there are two avenues to control noise from construction sites.
Under Section 60 of the act, if it appears to the local authority that specific work to be undertaken is likely to cause nuisance, it can serve a notice imposing requirements on the way in which the works are to be carried out. This applies to the following works:
The notice may in particular:
If you intend to carry out works identified above you can apply to the local authority for a 'Prior Consent' - but you must do this at the same time or after you apply for Building Regulation consent (if required).
An application under this section must contain:
If the local authority considers that the application contains sufficient information for the purpose and that, if the works are carried out in accordance with the application, it would not serve a notice under section 60 in respect of those works.
If that were the case, the local authority will give its consent to the application.
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