Complaints about noisy neighbours in the Royal Borough may be a thing of the past, after the announcement that Kensington and Chelsea council has banned building work on ‘mega basements’ over weekends.
Basement construction works have long been the cause of anger and complaints in the Royal Borough and West London generally. However, Kensington and Chelsea Council hopes that its decision to ban noisy works on weekends will address some of the major concerns raised by residents.
After the Council Cabinet agreed a new “code of construction practice”, the permitted hours of “noisy works” will now no longer include any time on Saturdays. Moreover, the new code will also further restrict high impact activities such as “demolition and concrete breaking”.
Using the Control of Pollution Act 1974 powers to enforce the code, the Council Cabinet has emphasised that a major part of the new laws are meant to ensure that developers and builders adequately communicate with local areas about the noise pollution their work will cause.
Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Health, Councillor Tim Ahern, said:
“We completely recognise the importance of building and construction work in the borough. However, we must appreciate that for people who live close by it can have an enormous impact on their lives.
“This is why we have introduced this new Code of Practice. It will help bring peace on the weekends and require developers to work far more closely with people who live close to their sites to mitigate, wherever possible, the problems associated with noise, dust, and disturbance.”