Guidance hints at tighter central grip on waste planning

Major changes in the role of planning in providing waste management facilities in England were canvassed in a consultation paper issued by the Department of the Environment (DoE) on 9 September.1 Regional fora are to be set up to assess trends in waste arisings and apportion new waste facilities among local authorities. The paper suggests that local councils will face growing pressure from both the DoE and the Environment Agency to implement national waste policy and accommodate waste facilities. The waste industry has also won significant concessions, including a relaxation of controls on landfills in Green Belts and a requirement for development plans to provide for waste facilities on the basis of ten-year forward projections.

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