Construction site noise

A local authority is entitled to seek an injunction in dealing with serious levels of noise from construction works, the Court of Appeal has recently held. The decision, the latest in a series of cases concerning the use of residual powers available to local authorities under section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972, is the first of its type dealing with noise pollution, and strengthens significantly the hand of local authorities in enforcing statutory pollution controls

City of London v Bovis Construction Ltd (Court of Appeal (Civil Division), 18 April 1988, Estates Gazette Summaries 1988 (23)) concerned major construction works for an office complex in the City of London which began in September 1986. The defendant company managed the site, but was not carrying out any of the physical work.

Six months later, following complaints of serious noise from neighbouring residents, the Corporation of London

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