As the Waste Planning Authority for Hertfordshire, the county council is required to prepare land-use planning documents which take into consideration the views and ideas of those who may be affected by the ways in which waste could be managed, treated and disposed of.
The county has reviewed and adopted its Waste Local Plan, which covers a period of 15 years from 2011-2026. It sets out the county council’s vision and objectives for the future treatment of waste and the policies and proposals necessary to achieve this vision, including identifying potential sites for future waste facilities and safeguarding existing facilities.
These waste policies and proposals are set out in the following two documents, which are collectively known as the Waste Local Plan.
- The Waste Core Strategy and Development Management Policies document sets out the Waste Management Strategy.
- The Waste Site Allocations document sets out the existing waste sites and those with potential for future waste facilities.
Hertfordshire County Council is the Minerals Planning Authority for the county and is responsible for minerals planning. The council has a duty to prepare and review its minerals planning documents. The current Minerals Local Plan 2002 – 2016 was adopted on 27 March 2007. The county council also has an adopted Mineral Consultation Area's Supplementary Planning Document which sits alongside the Minerals Local Plan. It is used to protect sand and gravel resources from non-minerals development, making them inaccessible for extraction or introducing development which is not compatible with mineral extraction nearby.
The Waste Core Strategy and Development Management Policies document
The Waste Core Strategy and Development Management Policies document was adopted on 5 November 2012.
This document which covers the period 2011-2026 sets out the county council's strategic vision, overall spatial strategy and development management policies for waste planning in Hertfordshire.
In addition it contains the policies needed to implement these objectives and detailed development management policies that will be used to make decisions on waste planning applications and used in the determination of applications for other local developments that could have waste implications.
These policies now form part of the Development Plan.
Please see the associated documents below:
The council revised the monitoring of the Waste Core Strategy on 10 July, 2015. The revised targets and indicators table replaces table 12 of the Waste Core Strategy. These will now be reported on in the annual Authority's Monitoring Report.
The Waste Core Strategy and Development Management Policies document went through four formal stages of public consultation in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
If you would like to view responses to the consultations after 2008, you can access the County Council's Objective consultation portal.
The Waste Site Allocations document
The Waste Site Allocations document was adopted as council policy on 15th July, 2014.
The Waste Site Allocations document went through four formal stages of public consultation in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and a non-statutory omission sites consultation in 2010. If you would like to view responses to the consultations you can access the
County Council's Objective consultation portal
Hertfordshire waste development framework
On 15 July 2014 the county council adopted the Waste Site Allocations Document.
This document identifies sites for waste management facilities. It includes maps and waste planning briefs for sites identified as Allocated Sites or Employment Land Areas of Search. It contains two policies which now form part of the Development Plan.
Please access the associated documents below:
Employment Land Areas of Search Supplementary Planning Document
Hertfordshire County Council has produced an Employment Land Areas of Search Supplementary Planning Document to accompany the adopted Waste Local Plan.
The Supplementary Planning Document was adopted on 10 November 2015.
Purpose of Supplementary Planning Document
The draft Supplementary Planning Document provides further planning guidance into the suitability of waste related development on the Employment Land Areas of Search in Hertfordshire that are identified in the adopted Waste Local Plan.
Employment land is designated by local planning authorities as being suitable for employment uses such as general industry, including waste management.
It is important to note that this document does not introduce any new policies to Hertfordshire County Council’s Waste Local Plan, nor does it propose any new waste sites.
Its purpose is to assist applicants who wish to develop waste management facilities on any of Hertfordshire’s Employment Land Areas of Search.