Greater Manchester joint waste plan passed by inspector

A joint waste plan produced by the ten authorities in Greater Manchester is set for adoption after being declared fit for purpose by a planning inspector.

Manchester: plans comes into effect next April
Manchester: plans comes into effect next April
Inspector Andrew Mead found that the plan, which has been under preparation for five years, is "sound in terms of content and process". Each of the ten authorities will formally adopt it over the next few months before it comes into effect next April.

The Greater Manchester Joint Waste Development Plan Document allocates seven waste management sites and identifies a further 26 areas in Greater Manchester as being suitable for future waste uses.

Mead accepted that the councils offered sufficient evidence to support the strategy and allocations and showed that the plan has a reasonable chance of being delivered. But his soundness verdict is subject to two main changes, which have been agreed by the councils.

Under the changes, an area allocated for waste treatment facilities at Mandale Park in Rochdale will be substantially reduced. Thermal treatment has been added to the list of activities that can be considered for a site at Clifton Industrial Estate in Salford.

"We believe we have put forward a plan that assumes we minimise the amount of waste produced, maximise recycling and deal with what cannot be recycled in the most sustainable way," said Derek Antrobus, chair of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities joint waste committee.
The plan was formally submitted to government in February this year. The independent examination was conducted via a number of hearing sessions between June and September.
The plan and the inspector’s report can be read here.

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