LARAC believes that developments should only be permitted if they properly make consideration of waste infrastructure.
LARAC advocates a more closely joined up approach between county and district planners, whereby the planning system requires developers to contribute to waste infrastructure and enforces planning for collection using local guidance and knowledge in design. More national guidance on collection would also be welcomed.
LARAC would urge Government to take a proactive role in the planning of EfW plant and the development of district heating systems in particular. In order to achieve high efficiencies, it is vital to use direct heat from EfW plant and this role would ensure that the need for a heat load is identified early on.
LARAC recognises that the planning process is key in delivering the solutions to manage waste more sustainably. Where there is a lack of appropriate planning policy and timely planning decisions this is a barrier to the sustainable management of waste.