Policy 31: Waste management

What are we trying to achieve?

To ensure the amount of waste produced as a consequence of new development is managed efficiently and effectively and is addressed as high up the waste hierarchy as feasible.

What is the issue?

Our current approach does not permit landfill, other than for agricultural land enhancement.

The population of the Lake District is significantly increased each year by approximately 18 million tourists, resulting in the generation of waste which is collected through the Local Authority Collected Waste stream, much of which ends up in landfill or incineration.

Construction and demolition waste from new development often ends up in landfill outside of the Lake District.

There is a need to embrace new technology to provide opportunities to deal with agricultural waste.

The Government will embark on a new search for a site to develop a geological disposal facility to store the UK’s radioactive waste in 2018.

Our suggested approach

Our approach is similar to the current Core Strategy policy. We will continue to not allow landfill other than for agricultural land enhancement and we will provide a supportive approach for applications for waste management facilities which are of a scale and type appropriate to their location.

Requiring all new development to include suitable accessible space for waste management facilities and encouraging the re-use of valuable construction materials is being dealt with under Policy 07: Design and development as they are key sustainable development principles.

Any subsequent application for a geological disposal facility will be considered directly by the Secretary of State. We will be required to provide an impact report to feed into the assessment, it is therefore crucial we established a policy position.

Policy 31: Waste management

We want to ensure the amount of waste produced as a consequence of new development is managed efficiently and effectively and is as high up the waste hierarchy as feasible.

We will achieve this by supporting development for waste management that:

  • is of a scale and type appropriate to their location;
  • manages and accommodates waste arising from the immediate area;
  • provides opportunities to diversify the local economy; and
  • does not have adverse impacts on residential amenity.

We will not support new landfill sites for waste disposal. The exception being the use of inert waste for agricultural land enhancement, such as land improvement, business enhancement and biodiversity.

We will not support a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste in or under the Lake District National Park.

Have your say!

It’s really important that residents, businesses and stakeholders get involved during the consultation phase to tell us if you think what we are suggesting is right. Your answers to the questions in this survey will help us consider everyone's views and to re-draft the plan where necessary. Consultation closes on Friday 29 June.

By completing this survey you will have the chance to win £1000 of Lake District currency. For further information please see terms and conditions.

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