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New consultation on north London waste

Seven north London boroughs are calling for views on the draft North London Waste Plan (NLWP) which will come into effect in 2017.

The draft will form the basis of planning for managing waste and identifying sites for the 15 years thereafter.

The draft NLWP is the result of collaboration between the planning authorities of the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. It has been developed to:

  • ensure adequate provision of suitable land in north London to accommodate waste management facilities up to 2032
  • provide policies against which planning applications for waste development will be assessed

The seven boroughs had to come up with a new NLWP in 2012, following six years of preparation, after a planning inspector ruled there had been insufficient consultation with other authorities under the Localism Act 2011.

The North London Waste Authority, which manages waste in the area, ended a procurement process for waste services and fuel use contracts worth more than £3bn over 27 years in September 2013.

The authority had shortlisted bidders FCC/Skanska for the waste services contract and EEW/WTI, a consortium of E.ON and Wheelabrator Technologies, for the fuel use contract. It now plans a new plant (above) on the site of an existing facility at Edmonton in Enfield.

Fresh consultation on the NLWP was held in 2013 and a series of focus groups with stakeholders was staged in 2014.

Toby Simon, chair of the NLWP members’ group, said: “The NLWP uses the latest evidence about waste generated in our area to plot out a path to enable higher recycling levels to be achieved and to reduce reliance on other areas to treat our waste.

“It builds on the ability of existing waste sites to deal with waste, and identifies new suitable sites and areas where waste facilities could be located. It sets out a number of planning policies against which applications for new waste facilities will be assessed.”

The consultation is due to close on 30 September, leading to a revised version of the plan on which there will be further consultation in summer 2016. 

Following that stage, the plan and the representations received will be submitted for examination by an independent inspector in 2017.

Interested parties can submit their responses on the NLWP website.

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