WMT2 Waste Collection and Treatment Facilities

Closeddate_range16 Oct, 2019, 9:30am - 11 Dec, 2019, 5:00pm

Policy WMT2 Waste Collection and Treatment Facilities

A proposal for the development of a waste collection or treatment facility will be permitted where it meets the General Policy and accords with other provisions of the LDP. In addition, the applicant will be required to demonstrate that there is an identified need50 for the facility and that one or more of the following locational criteria are met:

  1. Is located within an industrial or port area of a character appropriate to the development;
  2. Is suitably located within an active or worked out hard rock quarry;
  3. Is on, or adjacent to, the site of an existing or former waste management facility including a landfill site;
  4. Brings previously developed, derelict or contaminated land back into productive use or makes use of existing or redundant buildings;
  5. In the case of a civic amenity facility, is conveniently located in terms of access to service a neighbourhood or settlement whilst avoiding unacceptable adverse impact on the character, environmental quality and amenities of the local area; or
  6. Is suitably located in a rural area and involves the reuse of existing buildings or is on land within or adjacent to existing non-residential building groups. Alternatively where it is demonstrated that new buildings/plant are needed these must have an acceptable visual and environmental impact.

In addition, the following operational criteria must also be met:

  1. In the case of a regional scale waste facility, its location relates closely to and benefits from easy access to key transport corridors and, where practicable makes use of the alternative transport modes of rail and water;
  2. Proposals involving the sorting and processing of waste, are carried out within a purpose built or appropriately modified existing building, unless it can be demonstrated that part or all of the proposed operation can only be carried out in the open;
  3. The built development associated with the proposed methods of handling, storage, treatment and processing of waste is appropriate to the nature and hazards of the waste(s) concerned;
  4. Proposals for the incineration of waste and other thermal processes, shall incorporate measures to maximise energy recovery both in the form of heat and electricity, taking account of prevailing technology, economics and characteristics of the waste stream involved; and
  5. It will not result in an unacceptable adverse environmental impact that cannot be prevented or appropriately controlled by mitigating measures (see Policy WMT1 Environmental Impact of a Waste Management Facility).

Justification and Amplification

This policy seeks to support proposals for the development of a waste collection and treatment facility, subject to the need for such being identified in the Waste Management Strategy (WMS) and the Council’s Waste Management Plan (currently arc21 WMP until 2020). In the case of a Waste Water Treatment Works (WwTW) the need must be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Council in consultation with NI Water.

Proposals will also be required to meet one or more of the locational criteria as well as other criteria covering access and transport modes, suitability of buildings and facilities, energy recovery, and environmental impact.

For the purpose of this policy, waste treatment projects include waste separation, recycling, transfer, composting, the treatment and transfer of special waste, the thermal treatment of waste including incineration and relatively new techniques such as pyrolysis, gasification, and fluidised bed combustion and other energy recovery facilities such as anaerobic digestion. Proposals for the development of waste water treatment works (including extensions to existing facilities) and proposals for the recycling of construction and demolition waste are also to be considered under this policy.

As a consequence this policy provides criteria for the determination of planning applications for civic amenity sites, waste transfer stations, the various types of recycling facilities, scrap-yards, multi-stream separation and material recovery facilities, composting facilities, waste water treatment works, incineration and other thermal treatment and energy recovery facilities. All planning applications for waste collection and treatment facilities will also be assessed against Policy WMT1 Environmental Impact of a Waste Management Facility, and the principles of sustainable waste management.

Meeting the WMS targets will require a significant shift away from landfill to enable a move towards a circular economy and a realisation of the value of waste as a resource. Waste treatment facilities reuse, recycle and recover waste materials and can significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. They can also have benefits in relation to the co-location or provision of integrated facilities close to waste arisings, close to where waste is re-used, or close to other waste treatment facilities. Applicants must therefore demonstrate that the proposal is consistent with the WMS and the Council’s WMP. Applicants will also have to obtain a relevant waste management authorisation from NIEA i.e. a waste management licence, waste exemption, discharge consent, waste permit etc.

  • 50 - There is a need for the facility as established through the Waste Management Strategy (WMS) and the relevant Waste Management Plan (WMP). In the case of Waste Water Treatment Works (WwTWs), the need must be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Council in consultation with NI Water.