Devon Waste Plan meetings to be held by Development Management Committee

Landfill site in Devon

Posted on: 7 August 2012

The first of two special meetings to examine the future of dealing with the county’s waste will be held in September.

Devon County Council’s twelve week public consultation on the Devon Waste Plan ended on Friday 3 August but responses are being accepted until Friday 17 August.

As part of the consultation, a number of public exhibitions have been held across the county and two additional meetings are now planned for the County Council’s Development Management Committee to discuss the site options included within the recent Waste Plan Consultation Document.

The first of these meetings will be held at County Hall on Wednesday 5 September, from 10am to 1pm. The meeting will cover the site options for Hill Barton at Farringdon, Greendale Barton at Woodbury Salterton, Heathfield landfill near Kingsteignton and an area of search for landfill in South Devon. 
Town and Parish Councils and local community organisations in these areas are being asked to take part in the meeting. County and District Councillors responsible for areas covered by the site options are also being invited. Participants will be able to address Committee members, and the Committee will then be given the opportunity to ask questions of each participant.

The other site options in the county, which are Roundswell near Barnstaple, Broadpath landfill site in Uffculme, Deep Moor landfill site near Great Torrington and an area to the east of Tiverton, will be considered at a separate special meeting arranged for Wednesday 24 October from 10am to 1pm.

Councillor James McInnes, Chairman of the Development Management Committee, said: “No decisions on which sites should be included in the Waste Plan will be made at these meetings by the Committee. These special meetings are an opportunity for Committee members to hear directly from local community representatives so that we can gauge their views on the site options, and of course there will be further consultation on the Waste Plan document. We’ve had a good response to the consultation so far and late submissions will still be accepted until 17 August.”

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Community, said: “I would urge all local councils and community groups invited to these events to register their interest to take part. Nothing has been decided at this stage, and these meetings will play an important part in the development of the Waste Plan. When the publication document is considered by the committee, in due course, the views expressed during these meetings will be looked at alongside the responses from the public consultation.”

The Devon Waste Plan is looking at a number of broad site options in terms of planning principles for the next 20 years, but not all site options will necessarily go forward to be included in the final version of the plan. Any additional potential sites which may be raised as a result of public feedback will also be considered as the waste plan develops ahead of further consultation to be held in 2013.

The Waste Plan will not prescribe the type of facilities that may be appropriate in each location, so as not to rule out any innovative or sustainable technologies coming forward in future, and the County Council has no proposals for building waste facilities at any of the site options.

For more information on the Devon Waste Plan and to view the site options and consultation report go to www.devon.gov.uk/wastecorestrategy

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