Bedfordshire faces dispute over waste

The developer behind a proposed 4,500-home settlement in Bedfordshire has condemned the county council's calculations ahead of the opening of a minerals and waste local plan inquiry.

The inquiry, which began this week, will hear Gallagher Estates attack the council for factoring in a 40 per cent margin for error in the amount of waste that the county plans to take. It is challenging the figure on the grounds that it is not a safety factor but a "fundamental error".

The council wants to landfill two lakes with five million cubic metres of refuse 500m from the proposed Wixams settlement in the Marston Vale regeneration area. Gallagher Estates and Innogy have formed a joint venture to develop the 300ha former Elstow Storage Depot munitions factory.

But a council spokeswoman explained that the county must provide additional landfill capacity for 7.4 million tonnes of waste over the period to 2015, converted to landfill capacity at one tonne per cubic metre. "This additional landfill capacity must be found somewhere," she stressed. [CP] Work on the second phase of the Forest Gate heritage economic regeneration scheme in east London started this week. This phase comprises the repair and improvement of 11 properties in two separate terraces, including new roofs and sash windows as well as shopfronts, shutters and signage. The project is being carried out by the London Borough of Newham.

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