We're reviewing the adopted Waste Local Plan 2011–2026.

In the first stage of the Waste Local Plan Review process, we published the Initial Consultation document. 

Our next step was to carry out a ‘Call for Sites’ over the Summer 2018 where we requested land owners, industry or other interested parties put forward any potentially suitable pieces of land for future waste management facilities.

The county council is now working to produce a Draft Plan for January 2020. This will be the first time policies which the county council intends to include in the final plan will be published. If any new sites or areas are identified for waste management facilities, this will also be the first time they are published.

Waste Local Plan Timetable

Season

Year

Key stages

Winter/Spring

2018

Intial consultation

Summer

2018

Call for Sites

Winter/spring

2020

Draft plan consultation

Autumn

2020

Proposed Submission Consultation

Winter/spring

2021

Submission to secretary of state

 Summer/Autumn

2021

Examination

See more information about the timetable for this review in the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme.

Review Stage

Call for Sites 2018

We carried out a Call for Sites exercise which ended on Sunday 16 September 2018. This was a request for sites within Hertfordshire to be put forward to the county council, that are potentially suitable for the location of new or enhanced (i.e. extensions to existing facilities) waste management facilities (examples of waste management facilities include household waste recycling centres and waste transfer stations).

A detailed site assessment was undertaken on the sites that were put forward in response to the Call for Sites exercise to identify which could help to meet the identified waste needs of the county and might be suitable for inclusion in the Draft Waste Local Plan.

The conclusions from the site assessment work and the next steps for the Waste Local Plan were presented to the Growth, Infrastructure, Planning & Economy Cabinet Panel on 01 July 2019.

We intend to have the Draft Waste Local Plan published for public consultation in early 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the Call for Sites or the next stage of the process, contact us.

Initial Consultation 2018

In the first stage of the Waste Local Plan Review process, we published the Initial Consultation document. The Waste Local Plan Initial Consultation ran between 5 February 2018 and 30 March 2018 for 8 weeks.

A total of 51 consultees responded to this consultation, making 551 individual representations. View a summary of the responses to this consultation.

Supporting Assessments

Sustainability Appraisal

It is a legal requirement for the Waste Local Plan to be subject to Sustainability Appraisal. This ensures that decisions are made that accord with the planning system's presumption in favour of sustainable development.

A Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (PDF) and a Habitats Regulations Assessment Scoping Report (PDF) have been prepared. At the Initial Consultation stage of the review, the purpose of the Scoping Reports was to determine the objectives of the Sustainability Appraisal that the Waste Local Plan will be subject to throughout the review process and to describe the approach that will be taken to the HRA of the Waste Local Plan.

There will be further opportunities to provide comments on the Sustainability Appraisal as the Waste Local Plan review process progresses. We intend to have the Draft Waste Local Plan published for public consultation in early 2020.

Draft Capacity Gap Report

As part of the evidence for the review of the Waste Local Plan, we must determine whether there are any shortfalls in the existing capacity to manage expected future waste arisings.

We've prepared a Draft Capacity Gap Report (PDF). At the Initial Consultation stage of the review, the purpose of the Draft Capacity Gap Report was to show the assumptions and future growth scenarios that a final Capacity Gap Report could use to quantify the need for future waste management facilities.

When complete, the findings of the Capacity Gap Report will guide the review of the Waste Local Plan. It will provide the key evidence to show how many additional waste sites will need to be identified in the Waste Local Plan, and it will help to guide decision making for planning applications once the Waste Local Plan has been adopted.

There will be further opportunities to provide comments on the Capacity Gap Report as the Waste Local Plan review process progresses. We intend to have the Draft Waste Local Plan published for public consultation in early 2020.

Waste Local Plan Review Equality Impact Assessment

We have a duty to carry out an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) of the Waste Local Plan Review.

This can help determine how the Waste Local Plan will affect different groups of people and minimise any negative impacts in respect of age, disability, race, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, religion/belief, sex and sexual orientation.

See the EqIA (PDF 590kb) for the review of the Waste Local Plan.