Pre- Submission Draft Waste Local Plan
6. Our Vision and Strategic Objectives
6.1. Building on the issues identified, this Plan sets out a vision and strategic objectives to deliver sustainable waste management over the Plan period. The Vision sets out how waste should be managed in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham throughout the plan period and demonstrates a positive approach to planning and as such is intended to be both ambitious and deliverable. The vision is supported by 7 Strategic Objectives, and include topics such as climate change, community, health and wellbeing, the environment, and transport.
By 2038 households and businesses will produce less waste by minimising the use of resources and re-using these as far as possible as part of a truly circular economy. This will be supported by an ambitious and innovative waste industry enabling us to meet, and preferably exceed existing and future recycling targets. We will then seek to recover the maximum value from any leftover waste in terms of materials, or energy. Disposal will be the last resort once all other options have been exhausted.
There will be an appropriate mix of waste management site types, sizes and locations to ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet current and future needs. The geographical spread of waste management facilities will be closely linked to our concentrations of population and employment so that waste can be managed locally as far as possible/close to where it is produced.
Existing waste management facilities will be safeguarded, where appropriate, and new facilities will be situated in the most sustainable locations to support the needs of all new development and promote sustainable patterns of movement and sustainable modes of transport.
The quality of life of those living, visiting and working in the area will be improved and any risks to human health avoided. We will protect and enhance our environment, wildlife, high quality agricultural land, heritage and landscape, improve air quality, water quality and use water resources efficiently in order to minimise the effects of climate change, including flooding, and achieving biodiversity net gains.
We will promote waste management facilities' adaptability to climate change and secure energy efficiency and sustainable building techniques whilst maximising renewable energy opportunities from new or existing waste development.
How will we deliver the vision and objectives?
6.2. For the Waste Local Plan to work it must be deliverable. We need to have clear goals for what we want to achieve and be able to measure the effectiveness of our future policies. To do this we have developed the following objectives that build on the elements of the Vision above.
Objective 1: Meet our future needs –ensure that there is a mix of site types, sizes and locations to help us manage waste sustainably wherever possible. Meet current and future targets for recycling our waste. Safeguard existing and/or potential future sites where appropriate. Locate new waste facilities to support new residential, commercial and industrial development across the plan area. Provide adequate waste management sites located in the most suitable and sustainable locations.
Objective 2: Climate change - encourage the efficient use of natural resources by generating less waste and promoting waste as a resource; limiting greenhouse gas emissions and further impacts by avoiding damage to air quality, water, biodiversity or soil; reduce the need to transport waste. Manage this by making sure that all new waste facilities are designed to be as energy efficient as possible and located to withstand the likely impacts of flooding, higher temperatures and more frequent storms.
Objective 3: Strengthen our economy – promote a diverse local economy that treats waste as a resource, minimising waste production and maximising the re-use, recycling and recovery of waste. Make the most of the opportunities for businesses, communities and local authorities to work together. Encourage investment in new and innovative waste management technologies and learn from best practice.
Objective 4: The environment – ensure any new waste facilities avoid adverse impacts on the landscape, wildlife and valuable habitats, by protecting and enhancing water, soil and air quality across the plan area. Avoid harm to the built and natural heritage, enhancing where possible, and ensure biodiversity net gains are achieved in new waste developments to support environmental benefits.
Objective 5: Community, Health and Wellbeing – ensure any new waste facilities do not adversely impact on local amenities and quality of life from impacts such as dust, flooding, traffic, noise, odour and visual impact and address local health concerns. Make sure that local people have the chance to be involved in decisions about new waste management facilities by providing more information, encouraging wider involvement and targeting key groups or individuals where appropriate.
Objective 6: Sustainable Transport – encourage alternatives to road transport such as waterways and rail where practical, locating sites close to sources of waste and/or end-markets to reduce transport distances and make use of existing transport links to minimise the impacts of new development.
Objective 7: High quality design and operation – ensure that all facilities are designed and operated to the highest standards. Improve the understanding, acceptance and appearance of waste management facilities which are an essential part of our infrastructure and ensure new waste development management facilities are adaptable to climate change, energy efficient and maximise renewable energy opportunities.