Construction method statement validation guidance

When we determine a planning application, we must consider the potential impacts of a scheme during its construction.

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 a Construction Method Statement?

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 would be within, or would affect, an area which is designated for ecological interest
  • 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)
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs)
  • 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
  • Start the statement when you start to develop your scheme, and use it to influence the design