Construction sites

Construction sites can be a major source of pollution if not managed and controlled properly. They can have an adverse impact on health and the local environment.

It is important that construction personnel follow best practice to control pollution, comply with environmental legislation and prevent problems. This page provides information on what would be considered ‘best practice’.

If suitable measures are identified before planning begins, mitigation measures can be included in tender documents and method statements.

We can impose a planning condition to require the production of a method statement. This can include monitoring and control of emissions based on current best practice. You are encouraged to discuss this with our Environmental Protection team at an early stage, to agree any requirements.

It should be noted that developments are judged on a site-by-site basis when considering appropriate mitigation schemes. Factors to be considered in controlling pollution from construction sites include:

  • on-site management
  • handling public relations
  • setting working hours and days
  • controlling site traffic and setting up access routes
  • monitoring of particles and vapour discharges
  • noise and vibration monitoring, particularly where piling is being undertaken
  • good housekeeping
  • proximity to Air Quality Management Areas

You are advised to seek advice on which of these factors would be relevant to your proposed application. Our Environmental Protection team can help you with this.

Best practice

In examining method statements, the council will expect best practice to be employed in all aspects of pollution control. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the DTI Construction Directorate have published guidance to help developers prepare method statements:

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