DC Casebook: Waste management - Course held to undermine waste strategy

Plans for an 18-hole golf course in Wiltshire have been rejected after an inspector found that contouring the site with 148,000m2 of inert waste has not been shown to be necessary.

The parties agreed that the proposal constituted a waste management operation. Despite the appellant's argument that the primary purpose was to create a golf course rather than land-raising through waste tipping, the inspector found insufficient evidence to demonstrate the need to import the proposed quantity of waste. He noted that tipping would raise the land by 2m to 3m overall and by around 4m in a central portion.

PPS10 advises that sustainable waste management involves driving management of waste up the waste hierarchy, he remarked. Given the quantity of material involved, he was not convinced that the operation comprised waste recovery rather than disposal. It would be contrary to development plan policy because it would be low down the preferred hierarchy and would undermine the area's waste planning strategy, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-069-350

Inspector Richard McCoy; Inquiry.

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