Noise nuisance

London Gateway construction works

Construction of a new shipping berth has begun at London Gateway Port. Work will continue until July 2024 as part of £350million investment expected to boost the local economy. During this period McLaughlin and Harvey, on behalf of DP World, will be using hammer piling with a non-metal pad to install steel tubular piles for a new quay wall.

Hammering will take place no more than 6 hours each day, avoiding times after 9pm and not at all between 11pm and 7am. Conditions affecting health and safety, such as weather and tidal movements, may result in works over-running later into the evening. McLaughlin and Harvey apologises for any inconvenience their work may cause.

For full details, including who to contact if you have concerns, go to DP World: London Gateway Berth Four Construction. If you wish to make a noise complaint to us, please tell us how the noise affects you inside your property along with specific dates and times you were disturbed by piling noise, so we can check records from noise monitoring equipment for those periods.

Noise from construction works

We can serve a notice on people carrying out construction or demolition works and tell them how the work should be carried out to avoid a potential statutory noise nuisance.

The notice can specify:

  • the maximum noise level allowed
  • the types of plant or machinery that can be used
  • the hours when work can be done
  • steps that need to be taken to minimise noise

Those failing to comply with the notice can be prosecuted and fined an unlimited amount, with further fines for each day that they fail to comply.

Consent for construction work

Contractors can use the form below to apply for consent to carry out construction work.

The application must describe:

  • the works
  • how the work will be carried out
  • what steps will be taken to minimise noise resulting from the works

We will only give consent for the work to go ahead if we are satisfied that:

  • the application contains enough information
  • we won’t need to serve a notice to control noise on the construction site

There's no fee for applications submitted 28 days or more ahead of the start date for works. We reserve the right to charge a fee for processing applications submitted with fewer than 28 days' notice.

Reporting noise from a construction site

If you have a problem with noise from a construction site, you can report a noise nuisance.