One of the biggest issues that most developments find, is that of noise. If the development is in a partially residential area, it is most likely that the local authorities would require the development to be managed, with construction noise being minimised, certainly concentrated to a standardised working day. This is generally included in the planning application as a condition of approval. Sometimes, it could be classified as Section 61.
Construction sites are noisy places, but just how loud is too loud? From your eyes, this may well be deemed as being a bit of an overkill, but consider it from the neighbour’s perspective for a moment. Depending on the severity of the construction noise from the development or indeed the ambient background for the area, the local authorities might also request a continuous noise monitoring location. Again, if it is thought that there might be a lot of noise involved, hours might be curtailed and you might be asked to have a Construction Noise Impact Assessment conducted in line with BS5228.
The construction noise impact survey would be undertaken with an initial study around the proposed construction site, giving a benchmark ‘maximum’ noise level to which the contractor would have to comply.
Any form of noise mitigation which may be required would be highlighted, prior to any work commencing on site, along with a predictive noise model to accompany the planning application.
During the course of construction, an environmental noise monitoring kit could be erected to measure everything from site vehicles travelling to and from site, cement mixers, generators etc. These can also be powerful tools in defence cases when angry residents might complain about noise from the site at 3am. With one (or more) of these monitors, it could be shown that any noise would not have been from your site.