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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Last chance to have your say on Waste Plan

An important planning document, that will give four South London councils more powers when assessing planning applications for waste treatment facilities and greater certainty about where these new facilities could be located, was formally published today.

The South London Waste Plan - which has been jointly prepared by the boroughs of Sutton, Croydon, Kingston and Merton - introduces a set of strengthened planning policies that are designed to minimise the impacts of new waste treatment developments on local communities and the environment.

It ensures that any future waste treatment facilities are modern, well-designed and sustainable.

The Waste Plan also satisfies the requirement of all local authorities to identify sufficient suitable land for future waste treatment needs. The South London Waste Plan achieves this by protecting all existing waste treatment sites in the four boroughs from other types of development and by identifying 11 industrial areas as having sites which may be suitable for a maximum of seven hectares of new waste treatment facilitates to be built on over the next ten years.

The South London Waste Plan will soon be submitted to the Secretary of State for further deliberation, including an examination in public by an independent planning inspector. But prior to this, there will be a six-week ‘Publication Period’ (4 January – 15 February 2011), during which time residents and other interested parties can comment on the ‘Soundness’ of the plan (i.e. whether it is justified, effective and consistent with national policy).

Any representations made during the Publication Period which will be forwarded to the Secretary of State along with the submission.

The document, named the Proposed Submission of the South London Waste Plan, can be viewed on-line at

Comments can also be submitted through this web site. Alternatively, the document is available at council offices and principal libraries across the four boroughs.

It is anticipated that the four councils will be in a position to formally adopt the South London Waste Plan towards the end of 2011.
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