All local planning authorities should have regard to the National Planning Policy for Waste policies when discharging their responsibilities to the extent that they are appropriate to waste management.
The new policy document aims to streamline previous waste planning policy, making it more accessible to local authorities, waste developers and local communities alike. It aims to provide a clear framework to enable waste planning authorities to work collaboratively with their communities and consider, through their Local Plans, what sort of waste facilities are needed and where they should go, while also protecting the local environment and local amenity by preventing waste facilities being placed in inappropriate locations.
The policy replaces previous policy in Planning Policy Statement 10 as the national planning policy for waste in England, and will sit alongside other national planning policy for England set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.
Taking into account responses received to the consultation a written ministerial statement adds that the policy has been strengthened to set out a positive policy framework for planning for waste, and its contribution to sustainable development objectives. Also emphasised in policy is the importance of early and meaningful engagement with local communities, alongside an expectation that waste planning authorities should work collaboratively with each other and their district authorities in managing waste needs, consistent with the statutory duty to co-operate.
Moreover, the new policy strengthens and underlines the Government’s commitment to protecting the Green Belt from development and an emphasis has been placed on the special protection given to the Green Belt, and government expectations are stated as being that when preparing Local Plans, waste planning authorities will work collaboratively with other planning authorities to first look for suitable sites and areas outside the Green Belt. Also reference in previous policy that waste planning authorities should give significant weight to locational need and wider environmental and economic benefits when considering waste planning applications in the Green Belt has been removed.
This approach brings national waste planning policy into line with the NPPF, which makes clear that most types of new development should only be approved in the Green Belt in very special circumstances. This maintains and enhances the stringent protection against inappropriate development in the Green Belt.
Also released is planning streamlined guidance in the National Planning Policy Guidance to support the new policy.
The National Planning Policy for Waste replaces the PPS10 published in 2006.
Date: 16/10/2014 Date of publication