A demolition licence is required where it is proposed to demolish Works either in part or in full.
Demolished works can only be taken off a Licence if completely removed from the site, including those parts extending into the sub-soil. If only partial removal occurs and for example pile stumps remain in the river bed then the works that remain must be retained on a licence.
The following should be provided with any application to demolish works:
- Application form
- Location of works marked on a PLA chart extract
Method statement and risk assessment – Due to the complexities involved in removing works from the river, the method statement should, in addition to providing the standard information required, set out the following:
- the amount of vertical pull or other efforts to be exerted on piles before cutting off is agreed;
- the method of verification that the effort agreed has been applied;
- the level below bed at which the piles will be cut off expressed as an absolute value related to Chart or Ordnance Datum at the top of the remaining pile;
- the method of cutting and the method of verification that cutting has been at the agreed level;
- the requirement for post removal hydrographic survey.
- Scaled drawings of the existing works
- If the works are not to be removed in full, scaled drawings should be provided of the works that would remain
- Water Framework Directive Assessment
- Relevant contextual / background information including the proposed timescale of the works
- Application fee
- Supporting studies where relevant (for example: hydrodynamic assessment, risk assessment, environmental assessment or statement)
- Copy of River Works Licence to which the demolition application relates