A senior government official this week rejected claims that ministers’ decision to omit waste from new planning guidelines would stall the development of vital infrastructure.
Department for Communities and Local Government team leader for minerals and waste planning Mark Plummer said the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was “good for waste”.
Plummer denied that the Government’s decision not to address the waste sector in the updated guidance would lead to a planning “hiatus” for waste projects as feared by industry figures.
Responding to a question from MRW, he said: “The NPPF is good for waste. There are a lot of core messages about the need to plan properly for waste and the important economic benefits of waste.”
Plummer was addressing a Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group event on planning waste infrastructure.
The NPPF, published by communities secretary Eric Pickles in March, said: “This framework does not contain specific waste policies, since national waste planning policy will be published as part of the National Waste Management Plan (NWMP) for England.”
Defra then announced publication of the NWMP had been pushed back from Spring 2012 until “at the latest, the end of 2013”.
The Environmental Services Association said at the time that it was “disappointed” about the delay and warned that the “Government must take care to avoid a hiatus in waste planning approvals”.