Plans for the management of commercial waste in Essex have been submitted to the Government.
Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have identified 18 possible sites in the county for future development, to divert waste away from landfill and more efficiently manage commercial waste produced in Essex and Southend.
These are listed in the Replacement Waste Local Plan (RWLP) which has been submitted to the Secretary of State on Friday 10th June, marking the start of the formal Examination in Public process.
The plan concerns the management of all waste, which is mostly made up of non-household waste such as that generated by business including restaurants, factories, hospitals and building sites. These types of waste make up around 80% of the waste material created across Essex each year.
Essex and Southend residents submitted over 950 comments when they were asked to have their say from March to April 2016. These comments, as well as the Plan are available to view at essex.gov.uk/WLP.
Cllr Mick Page, Deputy Cabinet Member for Planning and Rural Affairs at Essex County Council said: The Replacement Waste Local Plan will set a strategy for waste development to 2032, including site allocations for future waste management.
The allocation of sites across Essex is important as it provides communities and the waste industry with certainty about where waste will go and how it can be treated.
Cllr Mark Flewitt, Executive Councillor for Housing, Planning and Public Protection Services at Southend-on-sea Borough Council said: Ensuring that we have long term plans for how we process waste efficiently, and in a way that is kind to the environment, is a key priority for the Council and its partners.
Getting to this stage has entailed a great deal of collaboration between officers at Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the public and I am pleased for such positive progress to have been made.
The Examination in Public process marks a period of time where the independent Planning Inspector considers the Plan in more detail after the consultation period which ended in April. This includes looking through comments made by residents and assessing whether these comments need more in-depth investigation. The timetable for this is dictated by the Planning Inspector; the website essex.gov.uk/wlp will be updated regularly throughout the process and will include information on any public hearing sessions as necessary.
Paper copies of the submitted Plan and electronic access to the supporting information are available at County Hall, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council offices and at all Essex and Southend libraries and district/borough/city council offices.