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1 PLANNING AND RADIOACTIVE WASTE Nuleaf Seminar– Radioactive Waste Management Mark Plummer, Minerals and Waste Planning, Department for Communities and Local Government

2 The context: Planning and Sustainable Growth The growth imperative and planning reform Waste Planning - where now? Where next?

3 Context: The Governments Priorities Top priority - restore the health of the national economy Two core parts of the Strategy –Get to grips with the deficit –Get behind Britains businesses, remove the barriers to growth, unlock the potential, and support the job creation we need It is vital that the right environment exists to allow local businesses to thrive where ever they are.

4 The Planning Contribution Growth...Growth....Growth.....? Positive planning in favour of sustainable development Greater democratic and local control Greater simplicity and effectiveness Delivering through… The Localism Act The National Planning Policy Framework Deregulation and simplification Promoting effective planning Unblocking growth

5 NPPF and Guidance Review Presumption in favour of sustainable development Growth and Infrastructure Bill Localism Act Strong protections still in place Unblocking stalled sites Tackling LA poor performance Neighbourhood Planning Regional Strategy revocation Robust Evidence of need and 5 year land supply Duty to cooperate SimpleLocalSustainable ProportionateEffective Planning reform: on a slide! Deregulation and Simplification Information requirements Speeding up appeals Award of costs Permitted development rights 6000 page s of guidance down to a few hundred 1300 pages of policy down to less than 50 Major Infrastructure Section 106 Use Class Order Statutory consultees Community Infrastructure Levy

6 Key points Strategic Planning: –New delivery vehicle - abolition of regional strategies; Duty to Co-operate; –National Planning Policy Framework Local planning: –Reforms reinforce local plans as the cornerstone of the planning system – National Planning Policy Framework Simplification and deregulation: - Initiatives to streamline and improve the planning process.

7 Waste Planning Detailed waste policies remain in Planning Policy Statement 10 DCLG started to review – based on NPPF principles No major changes anticipated, other than reflect existing EU and national legislation Needs to be consistent with National Waste Management Plan

8 National Waste Management Plan Needed to deliver requirements of Article 28 of the EU Waste Framework Directive. Subject to Strategic Environmental Assessment A high level document that covers all areas of waste policy that compliment each other. These will be supported by hyper links to the full policy documents where the detail will be available. It is being written using existing policies and will not introduce any new waste policies

9 Key questions/points for waste planning? What wastes are covered? Strategic Planning On whom does onus lie? Extent of co-operation Data capture Waste hierarchy Role of guidance?

10 Next steps Complete SEA process Consultation in late spring/early summer (Possible) workshops Updated Waste Management Plan and Planning Policy by end of 2013

11 Duty to Cooperate A key element of strategic planning: Requires local planning authorities and public bodies to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis in relation to planning of sustainable development Applies to planning for strategic matters in relation to: the preparation of Local and Marine Plans, and other activities that prepare the way for these activities Intended to promote a culture change and spirit of partnership working on strategic cross boundary issues

12 What issues to cooperate on? Homes and jobs needed in an area Infrastructure, including for transport, minerals, waste management, telecoms, water supply/quality Health, security, community infrastructure Climate change mitigation and adaptation Conservation/enhancement of the natural & historic environment, including landscape NPPF states that councils should set out strategic priorities to deliver:……

13 Duty to Cooperate: Compliance Legal test Councils required to demonstrate how they have complied with the duty at the independent examination Policy test As part of soundness testing a plan should be deliverable…and based on effective joint working on cross boundary strategic priorities Reporting on duty Local Planning Regulations 2012 require councils to report progress against the duty in their AMRs

14 Duty to Cooperate: an opportunity This is an opportunity to take the initiative early to: get the evidence right (and spread the cost) reach agreements with partners on joint working approaches explore the scope for jointly adopted policies and other strategies Actions like these will help councils demonstrate at examinations that they have met the legal requirements Evidence of effective joint working on cross boundary strategic priorities is also a key element of the soundness of local plans

15 Current Position Since it came into force on 15 November local plans have been tested for compliance with the Duty at examination. This legal test precedes testing for the soundness of local plans. Of the Local Plans examined so far: –36 have passed the legal test and the Inspector has gone on to test the soundness of the Plan – 2 did not pass the legal test and the Plans have been withdrawn (North London Waste Plan and Coventry Core Strategy)

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