Builders targeted for ‘causing disruption’

Proposals for building site management documents to be added to planning process.

Proposals for building site management documents to be added to planning process. - Credit: Archant

BUILDING contractors may soon have to inform the council and residents how many employees they have and where they will park during a job, to minimise disruption caused to residents.

Members of Partners and Communities Together (PACT) in Nailsea have been working on a document which they hope will be added to the planning process to ease problems for residents when construction work is taking place in the town.

People have been complaining about inconsiderate parking and excessive noise when builders are hired to carry out work on a property.

PACT is hoping building firms will soon have to take more care and plan in advance where they will park, so they do not upset people living nearby.

John Hunter, from PACT, said: “We are fed-up with builders coming in and taking over an area and causing all sorts of disruption to residents with pavement parking, congestion, noise and dust.

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“We’ve put in a proposal which is based on extending the application for planning permission to include a plan which negates all this happening.

“Builders know how many people they are going to employ, they know where they are going to park, they know when the major deliveries will be taken so it’s all planned in advance as far as possible and we hope that will form an addition to the existing planning process.”

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The group is now working with the police and North Somerset Council’s planning department to finalise the document.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member for strategic planning, highways and economic development, said: “I don’t think it’s normally a big issue, but builders are subject to the same rules as everybody else in terms of parking on the highway and that means not causing obstructions.

“If some sort of voluntary agreement can be brought together which reduces the need for people to take enforcement action then that will obviously be welcomed.”

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