Proper planning for waste management

With demanding targets for recycling, reduced capacity for landfill, changes in national policy and near-inevitable local opposition to waste disposal sites, waste planning is a logistically and diplomatically challenging task for local authorities.

We’ve been retained by a number of waste planning authorities to estimate future waste capacity requirements, identify and assess sites for waste management, and draft policies for waste local plans (WLPs).  Our work includes assessing strategic landscape and visual sensitivity and capacity for sites across planning authority areas, as well as guidance on appropriate mitigation.

Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Councils opted to prepare a joint waste plan, which required agreement and mutual decisions across three boroughs. We made this easier by chairing regular meetings and preparing much of the technical evidence required to support the joint waste plan.

We also helped Essex County and Southend-on-Sea Borough Councils assess potential waste sites for their replacement waste local plan. The councils had to revisit work from 2011 because of significant changes in national planning policy and local evidence about waste capacity requirements.  We reviewed the site selection methodology to address previous consultation comments and improved transparency and consistency of judgements. We used GIS to map constraints and opportunities, followed up with detailed field assessments, and provided the councils with final recommendations that met all guidelines.

Many thanks for all your hard work and patience in helping us progress the Joint Waste Plan from earlier iterations through to completion. We can be proud that is the first joint planning document in the region that has been formally adopted.  It has been a challenging but rewarding experience!’ Principal Planning Officer, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

For help with your local waste plan or project, please contact Nick HiltonTaran Livingston, Philip Smith or Joanna Wright.