GM waste plans approved

The planning inspector who examined Greater Manchester's plans for new waste management sites has approved the proposals as 'sound in terms of content and process'.

Greater Manchester's ten councils, which operate as a combined city region authority on certain issues, will now formally adopt the plans.

The joint waste development plan identifies locations for future waste management facilities and a suite of waste planning policies.

There are seven sites and a further 26 areas within Greater Manchester reserved as suitable for future waste development between now and 2027. The ten councils claim they have saved £8m by producing a combined plan.

Cllr Derek Antrobus, chairman of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities' Planning and Housing Commission and chairman of the Joint Waste Planning Committee, said: "We believe we have put forward a plan that assumes we minimise the amount of waste produced, maximise recycling and deal with what cannot be recycled in the most sustainable way.

"The encouragement we give to new technologies should ensure waste disposal is cleaner, greener and safer. It will also encourage new 'green collar' jobs."

The plan has been four years in consultation and was formally submitted to the Government in February this year and then subjected to independent examination with hearing sessions taking place between June and September.

The Waste Plan will now need to be formally adopted by each Greater Manchester authority – via their full council processes – before coming into effect from 1 April 2012. Following formal adoption, the plan will be used alongside district-specific planning documents for determining planning applications. The new plan is expected to be adopted by the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester in January next year.

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