Pickles To Toughen Rules On Building Waste Sites On Green Belt

15-07-13(3)picMinisters are set to announce next week that councils will be effectively banned from allowing incinerators, slurry pits and landfill sites to built on the green belt.

According to an interview with The Telegraph, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, said that news rules to be set in place would discourage incinerators and “waste dumps” from being built on green belt land.

To help councils meet recycling targets, planning rules currently force councillors to give “significant weight” to building waste facilities in the protected green belt, which covers over 6000 square miles, and that “locational needs of some types of waste management facilities” should be taken into consideration.

Eric Pickles – “I hope this will prevent speculative applications that threaten to harm our countryside, and give more power and discretion for local councils and local people to protect the local environment”

However, the new guidance will replace this with much tougher protections for the area.

“I hope this will prevent speculative applications that threaten to harm our countryside, and give more power and discretion for local councils and local people to protect the local environment,” Pickles told The Telegraph.

The new guidance will mean that planning applications for new waste disposal sites on the green belt should be treated the same as non-waste applications; meaning that waste disposal sites on the green belt will only be approved “in very special circumstances”.

Pickles added: “I believe the green belt plays a vital role in stopping urban sprawl and providing a green lung around our towns and cities.”

 

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