Scarborough Borough Council’s powers to control noise, dust and air pollution from construction sites that may affect local residents are contained in the Control of Pollution Act, 1974. Under Section 60 of this Act, the council may serve a notice imposing requirements as to the way in which works are to be carried out.
Such a notice may, in particular:
- specify the plant or machinery which may be used
- specify the hours during which the works may be carried out
- specify noise levels which must not be exceeded
- provide for any change of circumstances
Any requirements made by the council could vary according to such factors as the type and extent of the work being undertaken and the site location in relation to the surrounding residences.
Advice to builders and developers
Construction sites are often near existing residential accommodation. This can lead to conflict between builders/developers and local residents. However, most residents will in general accept construction site noise but will complain if work starts early or finishes late or takes place on Sundays or bank holidays. Generally, sites operations should be limited to 7.00am to 7.00pm weekdays.