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Planning consents rise for waste sector

More planning applications for UK waste facilities were successful in 2011 than in the previous year, according to research.

BDS Marketing Research found that only 18% of nearly 600 planning applications last year for new waste facilities or extensions to existing sites were refused or withdrawn.

This was down from 25% in 2010.

BDS’s planning monitoring research also confirmed the move away from landfill. Four extensions to void space were identified, providing an extra 7.5 million cu m of void, but no new landfill sites were granted consent.

In total, more than 800 applications were found by researchers, an increase from an average of 650 during the previous two years.

Almost 200 new recycling schemes received consent, up from 150 in 2010. And more than 50 anaerobic digestion plants were identified by the research.

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