Planning and regeneration How COVID-19 will affect planning

Changes to construction working hours

On 13 May 2020, the government published a statement on planning and construction working hours instructing local planning authorities to approve requests to extend construction working hours temporarily to ensure safe working in line with social distancing guidelines until 9pm, Monday to Saturday, unless there are compelling reasons against this.

If you wish to amend your construction working hours, you should email planning@manchester.gov.uk

We will let you know any further steps you need to take.

  • For modest or short-term changes to working hours we will aim to agree with them informally, and we will use our discretion to avoid enforcing against a breach of working hours.

  • Where long or more significant changes may require a formal application. It is important that you consider potential impacts and put forward plans to manage any concerns.

  • We will ensure that decisions are issued within 10 days where possible. 

We will consider if there are unreasonable impacts and will reject proposals where there are very compelling reasons. These reasons could include:

  • the significant impact on neighbouring businesses, residents across the city, including the city centre and other uses, such as care homes, which are particularly sensitive to noise, dust or vibration, which cannot be overcome through other mitigation

  • where impacts on densely populated areas would be unreasonable

 

 

On 13 May 2020, the government published a statement on planning and construction working hours instructing local planning authorities to approve requests to extend construction working hours temporarily to ensure safe working in line with social distancing guidelines until 9pm, Monday to Saturday, unless there are compelling reasons against this.

If you wish to amend your construction working hours, you should email planning@manchester.gov.uk

We will let you know any further steps you need to take.

  • For modest or short-term changes to working hours we will aim to agree with them informally, and we will use our discretion to avoid enforcing against a breach of working hours.

  • Where long or more significant changes may require a formal application. It is important that you consider potential impacts and put forward plans to manage any concerns.

  • We will ensure that decisions are issued within 10 days where possible. 

We will consider if there are unreasonable impacts and will reject proposals where there are very compelling reasons. These reasons could include:

  • the significant impact on neighbouring businesses, residents across the city, including the city centre and other uses, such as care homes, which are particularly sensitive to noise, dust or vibration, which cannot be overcome through other mitigation

  • where impacts on densely populated areas would be unreasonable

 

 

 

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