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Planning shake-up benefits EfW plants - COMMENT UPDATE

Major planning reforms that will bring quicker decisions on major infrastructure projects like energy-from-waste plants have been revealed by Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.

A key aspect for developers in the waste management industry is the expansion of free advice from planning professionals, which will help prevent lengthy waits for planning permission, like the long running appeals for the energy-from-waste plant in Belvedere, East London.

The changes will enable planning to play a greater role in tackling climate change with enhanced community engagement and an improved level of expertise.

The system replaces more than eight different planning regimes and could save more than £1 billion in 10 years.

To support a faster planning process £28 million in grants will be allocated through the Planning Delivery Grant system.

Commenting on the changes Kelly said: It is 60 years since the Attlee Government introduced the Town and Country Planning Act - the system has created thriving towns and protected our green spaces.

But today we face challenges that the Attlee Government could never have foreseen - the need to cut emissions from climate change, or the need to support high-quality jobs and build more homes.

If we are to thrive, we need a better system for taking the difficult decisions. If we do not the risks are significant - energy shortages, mounting congestion and increasing pollution.

 We need a simpler system that is quicker but which locks in community consultation at every stage of the process.

 Nobody will agree with every planning decision but our reforms will make the system better focussed, fairer, faster and more accessible for all. They will support our goal of improving the places where we live, work, visit, and enjoy.

Comment

21/05/07:
 The help with planning guidance for EfW schemes is welcome, but it still doesn't get us past the reluctance of local authorities to endorse such schemes. there appears to be little imgaination for their inclusion in new developments to take advantage of waste heat, for example.
Posted by En-Venture

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