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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 release of the long awaited National Planning Policy for Waste and supporting guidance in autumn 2014 has sparked the interest of waste planners across the country.

As Local Authorities try to understand the subtleties of the new policy document, and get to grips with the supporting guidance, outcomes from Local Plan examinations and decisions at Planning Inquiries continue to confirm the challenges across the waste planning sector at this time.

Large scale reorganisation at the Environment Agency and changes to the permitting regime, seemingly driven by the economic growth agenda, could be a risk to the planning system. The impact of these changes on the delivery of long term waste needs of the country is yet to be understood.

A key question is how the waste industry are managing to deliver new waste developments following the recession; whether the impacts of localism, the duty to cooperate, and the new national waste policy will be effective in delivering waste infrastructure in the best locations to meet the needs of businesses and communities. Understanding the industry perspectives around waste growth, forecasting, and deliverability continue to be a complicated task for local authorities and inspectors alike.

Increasing focus on achieving a zero waste economy and decoupling economic growth from waste growth, adds to the pressure on local authorities to identify appropriate new waste sites. Set against the battleground that is the greenbelt, 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 DCLG, the Environment Agency, the waste industry and waste planning sectors.

Key benefits

1. Understand the policy implications arising from the new National Planning Policy for Waste;

2. Appreciate the industry perspective in relation to 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

Nick Tennant, Team Leader, Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Department for Communities and Local Government

10.30 Challenges of waste planning in London

  • Planning for waste infrastructure within a high growth agenda
  • Is London a special case?
  • Learning lessons about the duty to co-operate in North London
  • A continuing role for regional waste planning – or only in London?

Archie Onslow, Programme Manager, North London Waste Plan

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 Delivering new waste facilities and the planning system – are government giving us the tools we need?

  • Publication of new National Planning Policy for Waste
  • Does it give us clarity over the government’s priorities for delivering sustainable waste management infrastructure in England?
  • Does it give investors’ confidence to back major new developments?
  • Are we happy to leave the more proactive approaches to Scotland and Wales?

Rob Murfin, Head of Planning Services, Derbyshire County Council

2.40 A commitment, not just a Duty to Co-operate

  • The Duty to Cooperate – what it means to us
  • Inert Waste
  • Updates on Permitting
  • Update on current and emerging issues
  • Waste Planning and Climate Change
  • The Waste Hierarchy and ‘resource management’

Jim Davies, Planning Advisor, Environment Agency

3.20 The tiered planning system from an industry perspective

  • The national, more than local (major) and minor planning processes
  • Do they deliver the infrastructure required?
  • Are these different tiers set and applied at the right level?
  • What works well and where would changes be welcomed

Ben Stansfield, Head of Planning & Estates, Cory Environmental

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the Chair

Alethea Evans

4.30 Close


Alethea Evans


Alethea Evans

Michael Bedford: Michael was called to the Bar in 1985. His practice covers all areas of town and country planning, local government law, judicial review, environmental law, highways and compulsory purchase. Michael Bedford acts for both waste planning authorities and waste operators on the full range of planning issues affecting waste development. He promoted the Joint Waste Local Plan for Kingston upon Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. He has resisted Waste to Energy facilities at Inquiries in Hull and in Oxfordshire. He has both promoted and opposed large scale MRFs and ADs, most recently in Colchester and Caerphilly.

Jim Davies: A Geology graduate from Sunderland University and then gaining an MSc in Mineral Exploration from Leicester University who joined Warwickshire County as a Planning Office in 2003. Working in Development Management for 2 years whilst completing the MSc Spatial Planning Course from Oxford Brookes I moved full time into Planning Policy to focus on Warwickshire’s emerging Waste and Minerals Local Plans. Leaving to join the Environment Agency in 2008 as a Regional Planner I worked primarily on the East and West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategies and joined the regional Aggregate Working Parties in these Regions. I have recently moved to the Environment Agency’s National Office as a Planning Advisor and but remain interested in specific minerals and waste planning and am the Environment Agency representative on the UK Minerals Forum.

Mark Lowe QC: Mark has recently been engaged in a major restoration by open cast mining scheme on a major site comprising many historic coal workings in Merthyr Tydfil. Mark is experienced in handling proposals for all forms of waste disposal from incineration or energy recovery to recycling and composting. He appeared in Cory’s first 1m tpa proposal for a waste to energy plant at Belvedere on the Thames. He has appeared in a number of waste to energy and landfill proposals in Essex and Hampshire for operators. He appeared for the local planning authority in a chemical waste incinerator inquiry in Bournemouth. Recently he has been advising on proposals for a waste recycling centre in Essex, the relocation of a special school in Hertfordshire associated with the location of a new waste to energy plant and was retained to advise on a major waste to energy plant in Plymouth. He has also advised waste collection authorities on their duties and the landfill tax.

Rob Murfin: Rob is Head of Planning Services at Derbyshire County Council. He has a long background in planning strategy, control and regeneration. He has held non-executive roles in a waste development company. In 2013 he was appointed as Director at the Planning Officers Society. In a previous post as Planning Policy Manager at the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly he developed a number of major spatial regeneration strategies and has assisted in the development of several areas of national policy, including PPS4 Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth, PPS10 Planning for Waste Management and government guidance on radioactive waste. He currently is the national chair of the Advisory Group on Waste Planning.

Archie Onslow: Archie Onslow is Programme Manager for the North London Waste Plan. A chartered town planner, Archie is co-ordinating work on this seven borough joint waste plan to find sites for waste facilities. He previously worked on planning, environmental and sustainability issues at Camden Council. He began working at the Greater London Council and has also worked as a planner in the community sector. Archie is the current chair of the London Waste Planning Forum (previously known as London RTAB).

Ben Stansfield: Ben manages the planning and estates team at Cory Environmental. The Cory group of companies are one of the leading integrated waste management and energy recovery companies in the UK, employing around 1400 people at over 40 locations. Ben joined Cory in 2007 after 13 years working for environmental and engineering consultancies as well as a national infrastructure provider. He has considerable experience of and involvement in a wide range of waste and infrastructure applications involving both local and central Government decision makers.

Nick Tennant

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'

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