The North London Waste Plan could be forced back to the drawing board after objections from waste planners outside London.
The London waste plan has been drawn up by the local authorities of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney,Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest to earmark potential sites for new waste management facilities.
However, the planning inspectorate has adjourned a hearing into the plan, which outlines the boroughs’ waste policy until 2027, after submissions from the South East Waste Planning Advisory Group (SEWPAG).
The group argued that the London waste planners failed to consult with authorities outside the capital where much landfill ends up.
The North London team argued that they did not need to engage with the 29 authorities around London and that the waste planning in this case was not a strategic matter.
The inspector decided to adjourn the hearing for two weeks to consider the evidence before deciding whether or not the examination can continue. If the London councils are found to have failed to meet their duty to co-operate with the authorities outside the capital, the plan may be have to be drawn up again, potentially taking years.
Peter Scholes, managing director of Urban Mines, which represents SEWPAG said: “The South East authorities do recognise that there is a need to for landfill to go outside of London but they also have their own pressures for their own landfill. They need to be consulted on a continuous basis.”