A decision on the future of the North London Waste Plan has been delayed after the deadline for councils to demonstrate compliance with the duty to co-operate was extended until the end of the month.
A hearing on the plan, which outlines proposals for waste facility sites in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney,Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest, was stopped after objections from councils outside London.
The councils, which will receive much of the landfill, were represented by the South East Waste Planning Advisory Group and the East of England Waste Technical Advisory Body, have claimed they were not adequately consulted on the plan.
Halting the hearing in June, the planning inspector said that more time was needed to consider the claims, and subsequently released a note requesting that the North London councils provide evidence to demonstrate that they had complied with the duty to co-operate under the Localism Act.
The inspector has now agreed to extend the deadline for the councils’ response until 27 July due to the lack of availability of the councils’ key staff.
If the councils are found to have failed to adequately consult on the proposals, the waste plan could have to go back to the drawing board.