Planning authorities in North London are seeking potential sites for waste facilities, as part of a 15-year waste management strategy across seven boroughs in the capital.
Landowners, agents, and waste companies have been asked to nominate areas which could be suitable for future use as waste sites within the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.
The call comes as part of renewed preparations for the North London Waste Plan (NLWP), which will also set out policies for determining waste planning applications in the seven councils.
The boroughs began consulting on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report at the beginning of June. The consultation will run until July 9 and provide a starting point from which to appraise the effects of implementing the NLWP.
The plan has been subject to setbacks in the past, with a previous version submitted in 2012 failing to meet the Duty to Co-operate which came into force during the final stages of the drafting process.
At the time, a planning inspector ruled the boroughs had failed to engage with councils outside of London when drafting the NLWP, in whose area waste would be sent for landfill. The 2012 plan had earmarked Pinkham Way in Haringey for use as a waste site, a proposal which was met with strong local opposition.
The document was relaunched in April last year with Camden acting as the lead borough and employing a dedicated programme manager for the project. This was followed by a six week consultation asking residents what they would like to see in the new plan.
The launch consultation asked residents what the new plan should contain, whether new waste facilities are needed, types and sizes of waste facilities needed, and what type of site should be chosen.
It found there was general agreement that the plan should include new data collection projections and site selection, as well as more promotion of the waste hierarchy. Respondents also expressed a range of “conflicting views on key issues”, including the previous plan’s allocation of Pinkham Way as a suitable site for waste.
Feedback from the initial consultation, which is still being analysed, will be used when the new draft plan is submitted for consultation early next year. The draft will be resubmitted to the Planning Inspectorate in early 2016 and if approved, could be adopted by 2017.
The launch consultation report reads: “The need for new facilities will be considered in light of the forecast of waste to be managed during the plan period, an assessment of existing waste facilities and their capacity, and the gap between the two”.
“Site selection criteria is a key issue for the new plan, and the North London boroughs will consider this carefully in light of suggestions made through the consultation process and other factors such as planning policy requirements. We will be concentrating efforts to ensuring a new and robust site selection process.”
The authorities add that information gathered in producing the original plan will be used as the basis for the new version, but will ‘take into account’ the comments made by the Planning Inspector and responses to the launch consultation, so the work undertaken to date will not be wasted.