10 FAQs about Construction Logistic Plans (CLP)
Updated: Apr 22, 2021
All construction projects, regardless of size need a Construction Logistics Plan (CLP). This document is essentially a coherent logistics plan for planning and managing construction projects safely.
This document is typically required to support planning applications. The local council will want to know how you will manage the project and whether you’ve considered issues like construction traffic and health & safety.
As a RICS accredited project management and construction consultancy practice, The Logic Group can work with you to create and submit Construction Logistics Plan (CLPs).
We’ve compiled the below set of frequently asked questions about CLPs and would be happy to answer any other questions – call us on 01622 535505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1. What is a CLP
A Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) is a thorough planning document for managing construction projects safely. It addresses issues such as the health & safety of those working on site as well as members of the public and also looks at construction traffic and any impact on roads, neighbouring buildings and services.
2. Why do I need a CLP?
Your CLP will form a crucial part of any planning application for construction projects. Submitting your plans to a council’s planning team without this supporting document is likely to result in your planning application being turned down, resulting in wasted time and money.
3. What Does a CLP Cover?
Your CLP covers a wide range of logistical factors which the council will wish to review as part of your planning application, these include but are not limited to:
- Consideration of neighbouring buildings such as residential premises, offices, places of worship, nearby construction sites, businesses, etc.
- Traffic levels and parking
- Impact of works, personnel and deliveries on public transport and roads
- Emergency services access
- Deliveries: can these be scheduled for specific times, is a banksman required to guide deliveries, is there sufficient access for large vehicles, turning requirements, etc.
- Potential impact of construction works on nearby schools, considerations of pick-up and drop-off times, use of public footpaths, access to pavements and safe crossing points, etc.
- Consideration of hospitals, ambulance stations, police stations or fire stations nearby that could be affected by the construction works or associated traffic
- Client liaison
- Site safety
Your CLP may also include graphs such as the below to demonstrate and expand upon points made in the document. This example shows predictions of traffic during the expected peak month of the project:
4. Do I need a CLP for a residential project?
Yes, construction logistics plans are required for all construction projects, both residential and commercial.
5. Is my project a construction project?
Your project is classed as construction work if it involves the building, demolition, renovation, maintenance or repair of a structure. For this reason, interior projects with no structural changes do not require a CLP but a home extension or office expansion, for example, would.
6. When should a CLP be drawn up?
A construction logistics plan forms part of the pre-construction phase of works. It should be finalised and communicated to all parties involved in construction before a site is set up.
7. Are there generic CLP documents available?
The Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations of 2015 require all parties involved in construction projects to assess and reduce health and safety risks throughout a construction project. These responsibilities are addressed within the construction logistics plan so do satisfy both a legal and regulatory requirement.
Principal contractors, designers, sub-contractors and client are all classified as “duty holders” under these regulations. Every duty holder is required by law to ensure excellent health & safety standards are planned and implemented at each stage of the project.
The CLP document should consider significant risks, communicate site rules and detail health & safety arrangements to everyone involved in the construction phase. Click here to read more about your duties under CDM regulations of 2015
7. Are there generic CLP documents available?
No, a CLP document has to be unique to your project so should address the specific health & safety risks and logistical challenges it presents. Your CLP should consider these risks and challenges alongside the construction programme.
CLPs are proportionate to the scale and size of the project so a larger, more complex, higher budget project will require a more lengthy CLP document than a more basic, lower budget project. eferenced from within the CLP.
10. Who can create a CLP? the scale and size of the project so a larger, more complex, higher budget project will require a more lengthy CLP document than a more basic, lower budget project.
9. Are there any direct benefits?
Having a thorough logistical plan allows you to anticipate potential problems and resolve them ahead of time. This can save time and money as well as reducing stress during the project lifespan and greatly lessen the risk of accidents and injuries on site.
10. Who can create a CLP?
The principal contractor is responsible for ensuring there is a comprehensive CLP document and that it is communicated to everyone involved in the project. However, the creation of the CLP document itself is often outsourced to a project management practice with extensive experience of drawing up these documents.
Logic PM, the project management division of The Logic Group, specialises in this type of pre-construction work and planning documents. As a RICS accredited practice, we can work with you to create a thorough CLP document that considers the specific challenges of your upcoming project alongside the construction programme.
We will write site rules and suggest ways to effectively communicate these to everyone working on site as well as visitors and members of the public. It’s important that the CLP also includes the contact details of all parties involved in the construction project, plans how to monitor site safety and how to report any accidents.
If you would like to discuss your upcoming project, ask if you require a CLP or find out more about working with The Logic Group, we offer a free 30-minute consultation. Call us on 01622 535505 to arrange or email email@example.com with a brief description of your project.