The provision of adequate storage for waste bins on new housing developments is already being considered, industry trade bodies, councils and planning associations have said.
Source: ANDREW PARSONS
This came in response to an announcement by communities secretary Eric Pickles (left) last week, who said a planning guidance and consultation would be issued to tackle the issue of bins and recycling boxes being visible outside houses. He described the current situation as “bin blight - the neighbourhood scourge of middle England”, and called badly-placed bins a “blot on the landscape”.
The DCLG said the guidelines would ensure developers designed covert storage units or backyards large enough to contain recycling bins.
Chris Murphy, deputy chief executive at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) dismissed the suggestions as “nothing new”. He noted that in 2005 CIWM worked with the British Standards Institute to develop guidance on waste storage for new builds and renovation.
Environmental Services Association (ESA) policy executive Stephen Freeland said the association had consistently called for waste storage to be fully considered in new housing and retail developments, and that there was evidence suggesting that “the planning system was already responding positively”.
Mike Jones, chair of the Local Government Association’s environment and housing board, echoed these remarks stressing that councils were already working with developers to ensure that planning applications for new housing included storage space for bins.
“There is absolutely no need for national guidance on this issue,” said John Silvester, a spokesperson for the Planning Officer Society, “It flies in the face of localism.” He added that the new national guidance could only be advisory and unlikely to impose obligatory requirements on developers.
Industry trade associations also pointed out that the measures suggested by Pickles would do little to reduce the amount of visible bins. CIWM’s Murphy said: “It is not possible to retrofit the majority of the housing in the UK, so there are still going to be areas of the country where wheelie bin storage will continue outside homes and therefore on pavements.”