A consultation has begun on Council proposals that would reduce the permitted number of hours noisy construction work can take place in Kensington and Chelsea during the week, and to prohibit noisy work on Saturdays. This would mean that contractors would no longer be able to carry out activities such as demolition work, piling or drilling, which are audible at the site boundary, on the weekend.

These are just two of the proposals contained in a draft Code of Construction Practice produced by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which also urges construction companies to improve the way they communicate with neighbours who will be disturbed by noisy and dusty works.
If the Code is adopted the permitted hours for noisy construction work, defined as work audible at the site boundary, would be reduced by 30-minutes on weekdays with work expected to finish at 6pm.

At present construction work is allowed on a Saturday between 8am and 1pm in Kensington and Chelsea. If the Code is adopted after consultation any work that can be heard at a site boundary would be prohibited on Saturdays.

Comments on the draft Code of Construction Practice can be made until Wednesday 21 October 2015. At the end of the consultation period, all responses will be considered and the Code amended as appropriate prior to its formal adoption in late 2015.

For more information about the draft Code of Practice and to comment go to http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/draftcode

Councillor Tim Ahern, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Health, said: “Construction work is part and parcel of everyday life, but in such a densely populated borough as Kensington and 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.”