Draft guidance on planning and pollution control interface

A draft planning guidance note setting out in unprecedented detail the Government's views on how overlaps with pollution controls should be avoided in the development control process was issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE) on 9 June.1 The document also advises how the principle of regional self-sufficiency in waste management facilities should be implemented through the planning system.

The dividing line between planning and pollution controls is notoriously blurred. The DoE has now set out to draw it more clearly, largely on the basis that the duplication of pollution controls via the planning system is even less necessary following the introduction of the new pollution control systems under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

"It is not the job of the planning system to duplicate controls which are the statutory res

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