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TitleConstruction Method Statements
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May 2012

Construction method statements
What are they and when do I need one?

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Construction Method Statements: What are they?
When we determine a planning application, we must consider the potential impacts of a scheme during its

A Construction Method Statement details how works on a development will be undertaken during the construction
phase to prevent harm resulting from the scheme. What details a method statement contains will vary from scheme
to scheme, and from site to site. A scheme in a residential area may need to consider measures to prevent disturbance
as the result of noise, dust and vehicles. A scheme next to a watercourse would need to consider potential sources
of pollution, and measures which may need to be put in place.

When do I need to provide one?
You will need to provide construction method statement before we can validate your application if:
• Your development proposes the demolition of an existing building

• Your development proposes works within, on the edge of, or on a site which drains to a watercourse or lake

The relevant ecological designations are:
• Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)

• County Wildlife Sites
• Ramsar Sites
• Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites (RIGS)
• Limestone Pavement Areas

We will sometimes require that a method statement is provided if an application site lies outside one of these areas, but
we would direct that information is provided either during the application process, or by a condition.

What information should my Construction Method Statement include?
The content of a method statement will vary from site to site depending on the nature of the development, and the
circumstances of the application site.

Examples of the details a construction method statement may need to include :
• timing/schedule of works
• details of hours of working
• sediment control measures
• pollution control measures
• parking areas for the vehicles of site operatives and visitors
• areas for the loading and unloading of plant and materials
• areas for the storage of plant and materials used in constructing the development
• details of the erection and maintenance of security hoarding
• provision of wheel washing facilities
• measures to control the emission of dust and dirt during construction
• a scheme for recycling/disposing of waste resulting from demolition and construction works

• access and haul routes for construction vehicles, deliveries, waste vehicles, etc

Tips for a Construction Method Statement
• Write it for the application, don’t copy it from somewhere else
• Talk to the right people as soon as you can - for example you may need to produce the method statement in
association with your preferred contractor, the Environment Agency or Natural England to make sure that it is
workable, and will be followed.
• Use accurate and informative illustrations, photographs, drawings, maps and plans.

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