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Work to start on new North London Waste Plan by councils in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest
Work on developing a new North London Waste Plan will begin in the new year after the current document was thrown out by a planning inspector.
Local authorities in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest will begin compiling a revised version of the 15-year plan for waste services across north London.
The initial proposals were dismissed by a planning inspector just two hours into a two-day inquiry after it found the local authorities failed in their duty to work with other affected councils.
The proposals involved disposing of waste in other counties but the inspector ruled the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) did not properly consult those authorities.
Revised plans in the new year will set out how much waste the seven boroughs need to process, explain how planning applications for waste facilities in the boroughs will be decided and identify sites for waste management.
A spokesperson for the NLWP said: “We have listened to the decision of the planning inspector and, while we are disappointed with his decision, we believe the most appropriate way forward is to not adopt the current plan and start work on a new one as early as possible in the new year.
“We need to deal with more of our own rubbish and we’re determined to produce a plan that meets the needs of north London and identifies how the waste management facilities we need can be provided.
“We’ll take the information we gathered in producing the original plan and use that as the basis for the new version, while taking into account the comments made by the planning inspector, so the work we’ve done to date will not be wasted. It's worth bearing in mind that the original plan was produced before the duty to co-operate was introduced.”