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West London joint waste strategy adopted

Six west London boroughs have adopted a new joint plan for dealing with waste.

The West London Waste Plan (WLWP) aims to ensure there are enough sites to manage all the waste produced in west London locally for the next 15 years.

Some household waste will continue to be sent elsewhere, but the plan will ensure that the same amount could be managed inside the area.

The WLWP has been modified following an assessment from a planning inspector from the communities department in March that it needed to be more specific about waste capacity.

Hillingdon Council led on production of the plan and worked closely with Ealing, Harrow, Brent, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames. The Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation, which assumed responsibility for planning in an area of Brent and Ealing this year, also adopted the plan.

It will be used by the boroughs as the basis for determining planning applications for waste-related development. It aims to support residents and businesses in cutting waste and reducing the amount being sent to landfill.

The absence of such a strategy can work against authorities in the event of an appeal against a rejected planning application.

Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot said: “A lot of work has gone into ensuring that future facilities for managing waste in west London will be developed in a way that brings maximum benefits to our businesses and communities.

“The plan was examined for over six months by a planning inspector, who ultimately agreed that it forms a sound basis on which to make decisions about how and where waste should be managed in west London.”

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell said: “Specific polices have been included to ensure that effects on climate change will be significantly reduced, and to ensure that the highest standards of design and construction are achieved.

“Pulling together has meant there have been significant costs savings in the production of the plan.”

  • The West London Waste Authority, which serves the boroughs, was shortlisted in the 2015 National Recycling Awards for a series of initiatives to bring waste prevention into homes as part of everyday routines. Partnering with councils, national initiatives and specialist organisations, its projects have been adopted more widely.

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