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North London Waste Plan - Further Consultation
26 Oct 2020 17:53 #5679

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The North London Waste Plan (NLWP) is moving to its next stage, with consultation opening this Thursday (29th October) and running through to 10th December. Focus will be restricted to the “Main Modifications” (MM’s) put forward by the seven boroughs in their effort to resolve issues identified at the public hearing in November 2019. No subsequent public hearing is anticipated by the inspector who expects to base his final report on this consultation, plus earlier data. Subject to it all working out as the boroughs anticipate, this would mean that the preparation of an agreed waste plan should take just a shade less than the 15 year actual term of the plan. Although as I say, that is subject to it all working out.
Note this exercise does not challenge the new Edmonton incinerator. Its two core issues therefore remain: is incineration a sensible route given the ever increasing climate problem and air quality issues; and if it is, why build one (far) too large for North London’s own needs. Two legal cases against HMG, one by an Enfield resident being UK incinerator specific, the other relating to UK energy policy more generally, continue. Their impact on Edmonton, depending on the outcomes of the cases, will presumably be influential.
The NLWP instead focus on all waste types produced and / or managed within North London, seeking to ensure there is enough available land to enable the processing of same over the plan’s 15 year term, as well as agree associated policies.
On the latest available data there is something in excess of 50% more waste–designated land than is required. Such a conclusion causes significant issues for their long desired inclusion of the site known as Pinkham Way / Woods, a Grade 1 SINC (Site of importance for Nature Conservation), as a waste management centre.
Squaring that particular circle is one of the several tricky challenges the NLWP will seek to achieve in its MM’s, in its quest to make use of the land originally secured in a secret deal between the North London Waste Authority and Barnet Council (the then owners, although the land itself is actually in Haringey). A brief praise of how this squaring was attempted in 2019 is enclosed.

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There are other tricky issues also to be faced.

Consultation details and paperwork will be available from the NLWP site: www.nlwp.net . An alternate route for those interested but not wishing to get knee deep in reports is to sign up to the PWA: www.pinkhamwayalliance.org . The authorities have previously allowed individuals to add their signature to the PWA’s own submission in an effort to streamline the overall process and in their acknowledgement that the PWA submits high quality input.

Because of HM Land Registry, secret deals of the form undertaken are not really all that secret.
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North London Waste Plan - Further Consultation
28 Oct 2020 17:16 #5689

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The consultation documents will be available from Thursday 29th October at www.nlwp.net/examination/ .

The consultation runs from Thursday 29th October to Thursday 10th December 2020.

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