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Councils 'considering next step' after waste plan verdict
Local authorities responsible for the North London Waste Plan say they are “considering how best to proceed” in the wake of a damaging report by the Planning Inspector.
The independent report into the 15-year waste strategy found the seven council’s involved in its conception failed to properly consult with other affected authorities.
The verdict means planning departments in Barnet, Haringey, Enfield, Camden, Islington, Hackney and Waltham Forest are forced to go back to the drawing board.
A spokesman for the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) said in a statement: “We are disappointed that the Inspector has not supported our position on the Duty to Co-operate. This means further delay and further stages for the waste plan before we can get it back to an examination.
“There is still a need for a waste plan for North London that will enable the area to take more responsibility for managing its own waste. We are actively considering how best to proceed in the light of the Inspector’s decision.”
The inspector’s decision will impact on controversial plans for a huge waste plant in Pinkham Way, Southgate.
The North London Waste Authority, which compiled the plans, had agreed to delay its application until after the North London Waste Plan was agreed.
Plans for a 140-meter waste incinerator chimney in Brent Cross also form part of the NLWP.