The majority of construction or demolition projects taking place within the Winchester District would normally need prior approval from the Planning Department and if you require any information about a particular project you should contact them first.
The Environmental Protection Team may become involved if the noise or dust from a site is causing a nuisance to nearby residents.
The problems of noise or other nuisance arising from construction activities can be fairly short-lived, depending on the nature of the construction project. As such, it may be difficult or impracticable to deal with them in the same way as with normal statutory nuisance.
We will often already be aware of larger construction projects through our involvement, as an internal consultee, in the planning application process. In such circumstances, the planning permission will usually include a note to the applicant detailing the normal hours of operation as 0800-1800 Monday to Friday, 0800-1300 Saturday and at no time on Sundays or Bank Holidays. These times are regarded by us as reasonable hours of operation and should limit the amount of nuisance caused to occupiers of nearby properties.
On major developments an environmental management plan is usually required to be submitted as a condition of the planning permission granted. This plan should include the developers proposed actions to prevent/minimise noise and dust problems from construction activities.