Final chance to comment on waste plan for North London

The following may not be of interest to everyone but we felt it should be included.

The North London Waste Plan is being published for final comments by the seven North London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. The plan identifies the sites which the seven councils consider to be the most suitable for new waste facilities and sets out planning policies to guide all future waste developments. The plan protects all existing waste facilities.

Communities are now required to take more responsibility for their waste, and this means managing, recycling and treating more waste in the areas where it is produced. As a result, new waste facilities are needed in North London. The plan suggests that most but not all of the new facilities needed can be accommodated on sites which are currently used for dealing with waste, including the Edmonton EcoPark in Enfield. However, some additional sites will be needed and the plan identifies two new sites for waste facilities, which has been chosen following a rigorous assessment process. These are:

Site description Borough Site area (hectares)
Site on Edgware Road and Geron Way Barnet 3.28
Friern Barnet STW (Pinkham Way) Haringey 5.95

Speaking generally about the North London Waste Plan, Cllr Richard Cornelius, Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Regeneration recognises the scale of the challenge which the plan faces: “Waste facilities have, historically, been unpopular but modern well-designed facilities can bring many benefits and opportunities.

“We think we have found the right sites and put in place the right policies to help ensure that the new waste facilities we need will be well designed, good neighbours, fit for purpose and create opportunities for new jobs, new types of green industries and for local heat and energy systems that can help in the fight against climate change.”

Turning to the Pinkham Way site, Councillor Cornelius said:

“Waste has to be dealt with and processed somewhere. The Pinkham way site is very close to the North Circular and used to be a sewage works. As a group of North London councils, we have been required to find land that can be used to handle the rubbish that our residents chuck out. My concerns are to make sure that this facility minimises traffic impact and controls pollution as promised. These and other matters raised by local residents must govern what the Haringey Planning Committee allows to be built so close to Barnet and Enfield.”

The plan (the proposed submission version) will be available to download from the project website (www.nlwp.net) from 11 May 2011. Copies of the waste plan will be available to view in the Council’s planning offices and in local libraries.

Comments need to be returned by 22nd June.

For more information visit www.nlwp.net or contact Archie Onslow on feedback@nlwp.net or 020 7974 5916

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