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What is the Waste Local Plan?
Why do we need a Waste Local Plan?
What are the stages of the Waste Local Plan Process?
Where are the proposed locations for the new facilities?
How is the plan implemented?
Who is responsible for granting the planning permissions?
What is the difference between the Waste Local Plan and the waste contract?
The Waste Local Plan sets out a strategy for future waste management and associated use of land in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. The plan encourages a shift away from disposal to land towards more sustainable methods of treatment. The Waste Local Plan is a land-use plan designed to promote the minimisation and re-use of waste where it is appropriate to land-use considerations, and support new facilities to enable opportunities for recycling, composting and energy recovery from waste to be maximised.
All households, businesses and industries in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove produce waste and the majority is currently disposed in landfill. However, the extent of this existing reliance on disposal to land is no longer an option for the future. Current practice needs to change to avoid the loss of valuable resources in the waste and the risk of long-term pollution to the land. These issues are particularly urgent in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove as the two major landfill sites at Beddingham, near Lewes, and Pebsham, Bexhill, which take most of the waste from East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, are due to become full between 2005 and 2007. A plan which sets out how waste should be managed in the future to ensure that we have somewhere to manage our waste is urgently needed.
The Waste Local Plan has to go through a number of stages before it can be implemented. These can be read in the timetable. Waste Local Plans are required by law and the process of producing such a plan is set out by legislation and guidance.
Further guidance on the local plan procedure is available from the ODPM's website.
The current draft of the Waste Local Plan allocates sites that are considered to be the most suitable for the facilities needed in the plan area. This does not mean that these sites have planning permission, an application would have to be submitted in the usual way if any of these facilities were to be developed.
Waste Transfer Stations/ Materials Recovery Facilities:
Energy from Waste:
Road to Rail Transfer of Waste:
Further details can be found in Chapter Six of the Waste Local Plan, and inset maps of the proposals are in Appendix 4.
Applications for planning permission are judged against policies in the Development Plan which will include the Waste Local Plan as soon as it is completed. Decisions should be made in accordance with these policies, unless there are other overriding planning reasons.
The County Council is responsible for making decisions on planning applications for minerals and waste development. The District and Borough Councils are responsible for making decisions on most other planning applications in East Sussex. Brighton & Hove City Council is responsible for making decisions on all types of planning applications in its area.
The waste contract is a contract between the councils' and the waste management company, Onyx Aurora. Onyx Aurora will have to provide the facilities needed to deal with all the municipal waste arising in the plan area. The waste management company will use the Waste Local Plan as a guide to where the most acceptable sites will be for them to provide the required facilities. The waste management company will need to apply for planning permission like anyone else before any development commences.
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