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Environmental Protection - Construction

Construction Information

Construction sites are usually in the open and are often near existing residential accommodation. Residents will in general accept construction site noise but will complain if work starts early or finishes late or takes place on Saturday afternoon, Sundays or Bank Holidays.  Complaints about construction noise can be investigated by Environmental Protection staff.

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If you are bothered by construction noise then please contact the Environmental Protection Team by using the contact details on this page

If you are a builder or a contractor and are about to embark on a construction project remember you may need to apply in advance for consent from Cornwall Council to carry out construction works.  Cornwall Council have produced a guidance note regarding Noise and Dust Control on Construction and Demolition Sites, which developers should consider when carrying out works.

The Environmental Protection section is often consulted about planning applications. The aim is to promote a safe, clean and healthy environment for the benefit of the residents and businesses, and to assist in reducing the harmful impacts of the various activities and processes on the wider environment.

The general areas consulted on include:

  • Contaminated Land
  • Noise / vibration
  • Nuisance – odour, dust, etc.
  • Light pollution
  • Air Quality

For example, where a development involves previously contaminated land, we will ask for a condition requiring a survey of the land.  We will look at the results of the survey to decide whether remedial work is needed to protect the new occupiers of the land before development can go ahead.

Large developments that might impact on local air quality will be asked to carry out a study.  Where a negative effect is identified, they must propose solutions to minimise pollution resulting from, for example, increased road traffic.

There are a wide range of standard conditions covering noise, vibration, odour, dust, smoke and light pollution.  These conditions cover environmental impacts during construction as well as from the finished development.  Where there is not an appropriate standard condition a specific condition will be written for that particular situation.

It should be noted that comments and conditions suggested by Environmental Protection may not be approved by the Planning Committee.   Therefore if you have any specific  objections or comments in relation to a planning application you should make direct representations to the Planning Department.

For more advice on Construction Noise please contact the Public Protection Team by using the contact details on this page