Industry responds to the DCLG news of providing planning guidance for new builds to be fitted with specific wheeled bin storage areas as being “nothing new”.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles last week issued a statement declaring his intention to issue planning guidance so as all new builds fitted with specific wheeled bin storage areas.
However, industry bodies have said that these guidelines are unnecessary, adding that they would most likely only be advisory and would not impose obligatory requirements on developers.
CIWM deputy chief executive, Chris Murphy – “In 2005 CIWM worked with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop guidance relating to waste storage in new builds and renovations, so the suggestions raised by Mr Pickles are nothing new”
Pickles said that the new guidance would help to tackle what he refers to as “barmy bin policies, which made families’ lives hell”, emphasising his point by adding that: “the ghastly gauntlet of bin blighted streets [are] a blot on the landscape.”
CIWM deputy chief executive, Chris Murphy, said: “In 2005 CIWM worked with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to develop guidance relating to waste storage in new builds and renovations, so the suggestions raised by Mr Pickles are nothing new.
“Making provisions for wheelie bin storage is definitely something that we support, and such a move will help to reduce street litter and remove obstructions from footpaths. However, it is not possible to retrofit the majority of the housing in the UK, so there are still going to be areas of the country where wheelie bin storage will continue outside homes and therefore on pavements.”
Councillor Mike Jones, chair of the Local Government Association’s environment and housing board, said: “Councils are on the side of local people who want the areas in which they live to have decent facilities. That is why they already work with developers to ensure planning applications for new housing include storage space for bins. Nine out of 10 people say they are happy with the job their council does to keep their streets clean and tidy and we are constantly looking for ways to improve how we deal with the mountain of waste this country creates every year.”