In June 2018 the Leadership Team at RBKC endorsed the principle of widening their current Code of Construction Practice. Consultation on the draft widened Code began in December 2018, and The Chelsea Society commented on this.
Alongside the widened Code, the June 2018 report raised the possibility of charging to cover the Council’s costs of monitoring compliance with its requirements. Authority is now being sought from the Council to introduce charges when a new Code is adopted.
The Chelsea Society supports this proposal. Compliance by construction companies with the Code of Construction Practice, and also with Construction Traffic Management Plans is essential to reduce the burden placed on local people by grants of planning permission for building works in Chelsea – and especially basement works. Monitoring and enforcing compliance places financial burdens on council tax payers which ought to fall upon the developers who seek to profit from the development.