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Effective Land-use Planning for Waste Management in Scotland
The performance of the planning process is critical to Scotland delivering its own waste plan and making its contribution to the UK’s compliance with EU law on waste. Over the next decade many new facilities will beneeded in Scotland to treat waste and to reprocess recyclates. For example, meeting the 2010 biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) target of the Landfill Directive alone is likely to require over 1 million tonnes of new treatment capacity. Sufficient capacity must also be available to manage the residual waste and other waste streams.

Complying with the BMW Targets of the Landfill Directive
LFDTargets (million tonnes) 2009/10 2012/13 2019/20 1.32 0.88 0.62 BMW to be diverted if BMW annual growth from 2003/04 0% (million tonnes) 0.76 1.20 1.46 1% (million tonnes) 0.89 1.39 1.82 2% (million tonnes) 1.02 1.61 2.24 3% (million tonnes) 1.16 1.83 2.72

1. Based on SEPA’s Scottish Local Authorities Waste Arisings Survey 2003/04. 2. Assumes, as the Scottish Executive does, 63% of municipal wasteis biodegradable.

Currently, the planning process is not performing well: delays are common and the investment risk is increasing. The review of NPPG10 presents the Executive with what might be its last opportunity to put in place a planning policy framework that can deliver

compliance with the 2010 BMW diversion target of the Landfill Directive. The Executive must increase: G Efficiency GCertainty G Coordination


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Only an approach based on partnership will deliver the new waste management facilities Scotland needs. Each partner has an important role. For example, in addition to investing millions of pounds in a new generationof waste and secondary resource management facilities, SESA’s Members agree to: G Engage proactively with local communities before and when submitting an application for a major new waste management facility. G Seek pre-application discussions with the relevant planning authority and principal statutory consultees before applying for planning permission for new facilities. G Work with SEPA andothers to raise awareness of waste management and waste planning issues among councillors and local planning officers.

a "waste delivery contract" for each application for a major waste management facility. The "contract" would set out key milestones and the timetable for them to be achieved. SESA would be pleased to work with COSLA and the Scottish Executive to develop a template.

Despite the similarities between the essential activities carried out, unlike other utilities, the waste management industry does not benefit from a set of permitted development rights which would allow environmental and operational improvements to be made in an efficient and cost-effective manner. A commitment to amend the General Permitted Development Order to provide permitteddevelopment rights for minor modifications/developments to waste management operations would enable SESA’s Members and local authorities to focus more on applications for major waste management facilities. Permitted development rights for the waste management industry would only apply to small-scale and non-controversial developments such as odour control equipment (spray masts) and weighbridges.

Tohelp us we need:

Eliminating Duplication
The Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive incorporates the principles underpinning the process for determining the Best Practicable Environmental Option (BPEO). Consequently, a separate BPEO process is no longer needed.

Faster Decisions
It can take several years for a waste management facility to become operational...
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