Agenda Item No. 7
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 18 JUNE, 2013
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 3 JUNE, 2013
C1352 WELSH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION: PLANNING FOR WASTE – REVISION TO CHAPTER 12 OF PLANNING POLICY WALES AND TECHNICAL ADVICE NOTE
Approval was sought for the Councils formal response to the consultation, attached at Appendix A to the report.
Planning Policy Wales (PPW) set the context for sustainable land use planning policy within which Local authorities' statutory Local Development Plans (LDPs) were prepared and development control decisions on individual planning applications and appeals were made. It was important that planning policy continued to evolve to accommodate changing circumstances.
The consultation document explained that both planning policy and technical advice must reflect the changes made by the EU’s revised Waste Framework Directive (rWFD) in terms of the priority order of waste management (the “waste hierarchy”) and the new policies, priorities and targets for waste set out in ‘Towards Zero Waste’ and the suite of Sector Plans that help deliver it.
Consideration therefore needed to be given to how planning policy could reflect and interact with these new waste policy drivers in a way that delivered these objectives whilst ensuring compliance with European obligations’.
The planning system was a devolved area and therefore it was essential that it aligned with policy areas including waste to support the delivery of objectives through planning and the identification of suitable sites. The draft TAN 21 document explained the interactions between the National Waste Strategy, particularly the Collections, Infrastructure and Markets (CIM) Sector Plan, Planning Policy Wales and the Regional Waste Plan. The WG were also proposing to revise the principles of PPW in relation to development control and the reduction and management of waste, which was currently set out in PPW Chapter 12, paragraphs 12.5-12.7.
The main proposed changes were as follows:
Acknowledging that waste policy targets and drivers had evolved and consequently the Regional Waste Plans, which were based upon land take, were now outdated and should be revoked.
Introduced a requirement for data collection, monitoring, and annual reports. These could be used as evidence to support development plans and planning decisions.
Introduced a requirement to keep a minimum amount of landfill capacity in each region (North, South West & South East) relative to a trigger point (the level for this trigger point is part of this consultation). Hitting the trigger would result in a site search and selection process to identify suitable locations for landfill.
Updating policy direction to enable waste facilities to move up the waste hierarchy through the introduction of a Waste Planning Assessment (WPA).
At the meeting, the Cabinet member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation made a slight amendment to recommendation 1 of the report as outlined below.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T Appendix A to the report be endorsed as the Council’s formal response to the Welsh Government consultation on ‘Planning for Waste – Revision to Chapter 12 of Planning Policy Wales and Technical Advice Note 21 (Waste)’.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to Planning Committee and Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee for information.
Reasons for decisions
(1) To allow the Council to respond to the consultation on ‘Planning for Waste – Revision to Chapter 12 of Planning Policy Wales and Technical Advice Note 21 (Waste)’.
(2) To advise Planning Committee and the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee of the recent public consultation.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 3 JUNE, 2013