Work to start on new north London waste strategy

Seven north London boroughs have announced they will begin work on a new waste strategy three months after a planning inspector decided their previous plan did not comply with the Localism Act's duty to co-operate.

Landfill: plan must identify waste sites
Landfill: plan must identify waste sites

Work on developing a new North London Waste Plan (NLWP) will start in the New Year, according to a spokesman, after the seven councils decided to abandon the old 15-year waste strategy, which, the spokesman said, took more than five years to put together.

In September
, inspector Andrew Mead concluded that the plan was not sound because it did not comply with the duty to co-operate. Two regional waste planning bodies, the South East Waste Planning Advisory Group (SEWPAG) and the East of England Waste Technical Advisory Body, had raised legal objections to it earlier in the year.

They complained that, though they received waste from north London, they had not been consulted on the preparation of the NLWP.

The duty to co-operate, which requires planning authorities to consult and engage with neighbouring authorities in the preparation of local planning documents, came into force as part of the Localism Act in November last year.

The inspector said there had not been "constructive, active and ongoing engagement during the NLWP’s preparation" between the north London councils and the two authorities, which meant the plan was "not legally compliant".

He said the examination could no longer continue until the London councils decided to what to do next.

A spokesperson for the NLWP, said: "We have listened to the decision of the planning inspector and, while we are disappointed with his decision, we believe the most appropriate way forward is to not adopt the current plan and start work on a new one as early as possible in the New Year.

"We’ll take the information we gathered in producing the original plan and use that as the basis for the new version, while taking into account the comments made by the planning inspector, so the work we’ve done to date will not be wasted.

"It's worth bearing in mind that the original plan was produced before the duty to co-operate was introduced."

The NLWP was drawn up by the London Boroughs of Enfield, Barnet, Haringey, Islington, Camden, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

To formally end the examination of the old NLWP, the boroughs said they would ask Mead to write his report recommending that the plan is not adopted and a new one is drawn up.

The NLWP spokesman said the new plan would set out how much waste the seven boroughs need to process, explain how planning applications for waste facilities in the boroughs will be decided and identify sites for waste management.

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