Housing development during COVID-19 update

14th May 2020

The Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick, confirmed on 13 May that with immediate effect the hours within which construction sites can work have been extended, subject to local council approval, until 9pm in residential areas and beyond 9pm for all other non-residential areas.

The Housing Secretary stated that; “A vibrant housing market means more than just the buying and selling of homes” and this will make it easier for developers to observe the social distancing rules and to “Keep Britain building.

In order to help the housing sector bounce back whilst protecting safety, the Charter for Safe Working Practice has been produced by the Home Builders Federation. This provides guidance for builders to ensure safety in accordance with the guidance of the UK Government and Public Heath England during the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

A copy of the Charter for Safe Working Practice can be found here.

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