Planning rules for construction equipment

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3532
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following your announcement of new planning rules to restrict the use of old, polluting construction machinery in new developments, how will you ensure that this is implemented in a way that is not detrimental to small and medium sized developers in London, and to the overall ability to deliver new homes in London?

Answer

Answer for Planning rules for construction equipment

Answer for Planning rules for construction equipment

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The new standards explicitly take account of economic viability by having tighter standards in central London and Canary Wharf than will be applied in outer London. In outer London, from 2015 to 2020, the new standards only apply to major development (more than 10 houses or 1,000 sq foot of other types of development) to minimise any potential economic impacts on small and independent construction companies and developers.  

Furthermore, the new SPG builds on significant investment in new and retrofitted construction equipment undertaken by the Crossrail programme. Crossrail required most equipment to meet a IIIB stage standard for particulate matter. As around 80% of construction equipment used in London is hired and much of this has been used on a Crossrail site, a significant proportion of any compliance costs for the new policy will have already been covered.