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The challenges of waste management

Thursday, 09 March 2017 at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 standard price
RTPI Conferences

With the Government’s attention fixed firmly on the delivery of housing facilitated by Local Plans, waste planning may seem to have slipped down the agenda.  But new homes and economic growth will have implications for waste planning.  Additionally, the government’s deadline for Local Plans in 2018 extends to Waste Planning Authorities.

Understanding the industry perspectives around waste growth, forecasting, and site deliverability continue to be a complicated task for local authorities and inspectors alike.  Establishing a team with the skills and experience to deliver in the face of challenges, whether in private practice or local authority, continues to be difficult.

This briefing and workshop will provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss these challenges and possible solutions with key government officials from DCLG, the waste industry and colleagues from the waste planning sector.

Benefits of attending

  1. Understand the implications of recent decisions in the courts
  2. Understand the policy implications arising from recent and future planned planning policy updates and the ongoing government spending review
  3. Appreciate an industry perspective in relation to planning policy and development management
  4. Ascertain the role of waste planners in preparing sound policies and bringing forward waste developments in relation to recent waste planning examination and inquiry processes
  5. Learn from the experience of others with regard to recent plan preparation issues and waste management challenges- particularly relating to hazardous waste and biological waste topics.

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, Principal Planner, Minerals and Waste, Essex County Council 

9.40 Towards new metrics of growth: Planning performance, economics and business rates

  • Why do we need to understand the economic impacts of planning decisions?
  • How can this understanding influence refresh thinking on measuring performance and help inform evaluations of Gainshare funding systems for growth?
  • What are the implications for planning for local growth from 100% business rates retention in 2020?
  • Will distortion, risks and volatility effects in business rates mean planners need to be far more economically literate if local plans are to be coherent?

Rob Murfin, Head of Planning Services, Derbyshire County Council

10.30 From reality gap to reality check

  • Update on UK Energy from Waste capacity gap
  • The risks to landfill capacity as a resource for the future
  • Brexit – an opportunity for a bespoke and realistic UK waste strategy
  • Experiences within the planning system: the need for operational flexibility, need to get back to long term strategic resource/asset planning
  • Opportunities and threats within the planning system – incompatible neighbouring uses such as the location of forthcoming house allocations and how these affect essential waste management infrastructure; emerging legislative opportunities – e.g. Neighbourhood Planning Bill – and their impact upon waste management

James Stewart-Irvine, Planning Manager (South Region), Biffa Plc

11.20 Coffee and networking

11.40 Legal update

  • The Planning Court: practical experience- 2 years on
  • The Local Plan 2017 deadline and the implications for waste planning
  • Key cases on waste policy, projects and enforcement
  • Wider administrative law cases with waste implications

Michael Bedford and Wayne Beglan, Cornerstone Barristers

12.30 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 No time to waste (Local Plans)

  • What’s the rush? How we handled the timetable and resource pressures
  • A joint Plan- how we made the partnership work
  • Capacity provision- smoothing the way for site allocations
  • Duty to Cooperate- the stark reality 
  • Examination and hearings- essential preparations

Richard Greaves, Acting County Planning Manager, Essex County Council and Bethany Jones, Waste and Minerals Planner, Essex County Council

2.40 Co-operation in planning: De-risking development through communication

  • Communication with residents
  • Working with the LPA
  • Increasing LPA confidence in the developer
  • Pre-application

Andrew Simm, Commercial Implementation Manager, Agrivert

3.20  Determining shale gas applications in Lancashire

  • Applications in Lancashire
  • Policy
  • Determination and resource demands
  • Lessons Learned

Andy Mullaney, Head of Planning & Environment, Lancashire County Council

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Conclusion by the Chair

Alethea Evans

4.30 Close