Construction sites

Construction sites can be a major source of pollution if not managed and controlled properly, and they can have an adverse impact on health and the local environment. It is therefore important that construction personnel follow good environmental practice to control pollution, comply with environmental legislation and prevent problems.

This page is intended to assist developers and to provide information on what would be considered "best practice" in controlling pollution from construction sites.

If suitable measures for particle, vapour and noise control are discussed at the pre-planning or planning stage, the use and cost of any mitigation measures can be incorporated into tender documents and method statements.

We may impose a planning condition to require the production of a method statement, which includes monitoring and control of emissions based on current best practice. It is therefore advisable that discussions with our Environmental Protection team are carried out 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

Developers are advised to seek advice on which of these factors would be relevant to their proposed application by contacting our Environmental Protection team.

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 a set of five guidance notes to assist developers in preparing method statements:

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