Westminster’s new Code of Construction Practice (CoCP) has now been adopted.
The purpose of the new code is to monitor, control and manage construction impacts on sites throughout Westminster. It will apply to all new basement schemes with immediate effect, and to all other developments from September 2016.
The code sets out the standards and procedures to which developers and contractors must adhere to when undertaking construction of major projects. This will assist with managing the environmental impacts and will identify the main responsibilities and requirements of developers and contractors in constructing their projects.
When it applies
The code classifies developments according to their size with different obligations and fees payable depending on the size of project.
The code requires the largest strategic schemes (‘Level 1’) and other major schemes (‘Level 2’) broadly all new build residential projects over 10 units or other floorspace exceeding 1000m2, as well as all basements to sign up to the Code of Construction Practice. This will ensure that sites:
When submitting draft or formal copies of the Appendix A checklist to either the Planning or Environmental Sciences teams, please:
You will need approval from the Environmental Sciences team before applying to discharge the condition on your planning permission.
Find out more about dispensations, variations, overruns and emergency works (PDF, 74KB).
Basement developments which fall under Westminster’s CoCP are not generally required to make an application under Section 61 Control of Pollution Act 1974. However, from 2 January 2018 the council will serve Section 60 Notices on all CoCP basement developments. These Section 60s will reflect the standard CoCP requirements (eg CoCP working hours), any additional conditions will always be discussed with the principal contractor.