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The challenges of waste management

Date:12 March 2015
Duration:1 Day
Price GBP 449 + VAT
Venue:The Hatton (etc Venues)
Event code:40283

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Why you should attend

The landscape of Waste Planning is once again in a state of flux, with a number of new or updated policy and guidance documents being released or replaced in 2013. Consultation on the draft updated national waste planning policy: Planning for sustainable waste management, revocation of Regional Strategies across the country and the release of the long awaited National Waste Management Plan have sparked the interest of waste planners across the country.

As Local Authorities try to get to grips with the changes and new guidance and planning consultants attempt to provide support, outcomes from Local Plan examinations and decisions at Planning Inquiries seem to confirm the difficulties of the waste planning sector at this time.

The Government’s localism agenda and specifically the duty to cooperate have resulted in action from many local authorities in relation to the challenging, borderless nature of waste arisings. Numerous interests, keen to exploit the opportunities available, are closely following the impact of these recent changes. A key question is whether this action will be effective in delivering waste infrastructure in the best locations to meet the needs of businesses and communities. With increasing focus on achieving a zero waste economy and decoupling economic growth from waste growth, the agenda will include practical examples of the role of waste planners in delivering these long term aims.

This Briefing & Workshop will provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss these challenges and possible solutions with key government officials, including PINS, the waste industry and waste planning sectors.

Key benefits

1. Understand the policy implications arising from the National Waste Management Plan,

2. Appreciate the impact of changes to waste planning stemming from the release of the updated national waste planning policy and the longer term implications of Regional Strategy revocation;.

3. Appreciate the role of waste planners in developing sound policies and bringing forward waste developments in relation to recent waste planning examination and inquiry processes;

4. Understand the implications of recent decisions in the courts;

5. Learn from the experience of others on recent plan preparation issues and waste management challenges

Who should attend?

  • Waste planners including both planning consultants and local government
  • Environmental planners
  • Waste managers
  • Environment Agency
  • Waste contractors and suppliers


9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Alethea Evans, Senior Minerals and Waste Planner, West Sussex County Council

9.40 DCLG update

Mark Plummer, Team Leader - Minerals and Waste Planning, Communities and Local Government

10.30 The Waste Local Plan Examination-Improve your chance of passing!

  • Duty to Co-operate-avoiding the North London experience. Drawing on both waste and mainstream plan examinations to explore what Inspectors will look for to see that the Duty has been met
  • Identifying the capacity gap through the evidence base-what Inspectors will want to see in the post-RS world especially for C+I and CDE wastes
  • Meeting the capacity gap with strategic sites-can provision be capped? Does a technology neutral stance just defer the problem?
  • Monitoring and flexibility-the assumptions in the evidence base may be wrong and draft PPS10 suggests this must be monitored. Inspectors will wish to see how this will be handled without reviewing the Plan
  • Being prepared-some thoughts on how to help yourself and the Inspector

Brian Cook, Senior Planning Inspector, Planning Inspectorate

11.20 Coffee and networking

11.40 Legal update

Mark Lowe QC and Michael Bedford, Cornerstone Barristers

12.30 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Anaerobic Digestion

  • Role of AD – renewable energy from by-products - not just waste
  • Rural areas require different solutions to the large conurbations
  • Small-scale, on-site solutions tailored to the available feedstocks
  • What are the key factors behind a successful on-site AD plant
  • Lessons from recent on-site planning applications and key issues

Richard Gueterbock, Director, Clearfleau Limited

2.40 The practicalities of planning for zero landfill

  • Whether high landfill diversion targets (e.g. 98% by 2015/16) can be achieved
  • The deliverability of new landfill capacity
  • Reliance on other areas for meeting local requirements - the Duty to Cooperate and self sufficiency
  • The importance of dialogue with the waste industry

Ian Blake, Partner, BPP Consulting

3.20 Regional waste plans

  • Following the abolition of Regional Waste Plans, to what extent can a planning authority use the policies or evidence contained in them?
  • Is it desirable or even possible for a Waste Planning Authority to achieve self-sufficiency in waste management?
  • How should the Duty to Co-operate be implemented?
  • What is the role of the Duty to Co-operate in ensuring that your plan is deliverable?

Deborah Sacks, Principal, Sacks Consulting

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the Chair

Alethea Evans

4.30 Close

Quotes from previous participants

'Topical, good presenters with a variety of backgrounds and presentation topics'

'A good range of subjects covered to give a good range between national and local'

'This was a very good conference for updating knowledge and debating current issues'

'Very informative of the current issues up for debate in waste management and planning'

'Excellent conference and venue'

'An excellent day with good speakers who knew their subjects'

In-house training

In-house training can be presented exclusively for your organisation on any subject in the planning and development field, including management skills. Training is individually tailored to meet the specific needs of your organisation .

To discuss your in-house requirements please contact the in-house team on 020 3122 0118 or e-mail