Scotland issues waste planning guidance

Local authorities need to take greater account of the need for new waste facilities in their development plans, according to planning policy guidance issued by the Scottish Government.1

The guidance differs little from that consulted on last year (ENDS Report 379, p 45 ). Planners should site waste facilities on industrial land, it says, and ensure no inappropriate development occurs in the area.

Developers must carry out pre-application consultation with local communities and include a report of the outcome with their planning application.

Meanwhile, planning guidance aimed at ensuring favourable determinations of planning applications for waste facilities has been issued by the Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme (WIDP) – part of the Environment Department (DEFRA).2It focuses on how to consult local communities pre-application and discusses who is best placed to make applications: the local authority or developers.

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