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CLG has put planning decision on hold

Posted by hertswow on December 14, 2017 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A week ahead of a meeting of Herts. CC's Development Control Committee to determine whether to grant planning permission for Veolia's application, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has stepped in with a letter to the Council as follows:


Proposed Energy Recovery Facility at 2 Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire - Application number 7/0067-17

I am directed by the Secretary of State to refer to the above planning application.

In exercise of his powers under Article 31 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, the Secretary of State hereby directs your Council not to grant permission on this application without specific authorisation. This direction is issued to enable him to consider whether he should direct under Section 77 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 that the application should be referred to him for determination.

This direction does not prevent your Council from considering the application, forming a view as to the merits or, if they are so minded, refusing permission.

I would be grateful for acknowledgement that you have received this letter. Please contact me on the number above if you have any queries."

This has been significantly mis-reported by the local paper, the Mercury, as if the Committee were only able to "form a view" whilst as can be seen from the SoS's letter the Committee is free to consider the matter, refuse planning permission (or defer the decision or defer the meeting): link

Please write to the Secretary of State requesting that he call in this application. Guidance on the potential grounds for calling-in is available here.

UKWIN to speak at London Assembly EfW Meeting

Posted by hertswow on December 6, 2017 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday 7th December 2017 the London Assembly's Environment Committee will be discussing issues relating to Energy from Waste incineration as part of the Committee's investigation into waste management in London.

Shlomo Dowen, the National Coordinator of the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), will be one of the guest attending the meeting. UKWIN has provided written evidence to the London Assembly showing how waste incineration harms recycling and why it is important that London adopts a moratorium on new waste incineration capacity.

The meeting, which starts at 2:30pm, will be open to the public and broadcast via the London Assembly website at https://www.london.gov.uk/media-centre/london-assembly.

Commenting on his forthcoming attendance, Shlomo Dowen explained: "London has a great opportunity to be a global leader in sustainable waste management, but at the moment London's recycling rates are suffering from the effects of incineration overcapacity. I am looking forward to discussing the future of London's waste management with the Environment Committee, alongside exploring some of the problems caused by waste incineration".

WRAP's Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

Posted by hertswow on December 4, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


"WRAP's Food Waste Recycling Action Plan is live! - 30 Nov 2017 (link)

The first new bulletin for the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan is now live. Visit it to find our all about progress in the first year, the latest tools and industry guidance, as well as opportunities to get involved and help improve recycling rates across the sector. Do pass the news on to your colleagues."


WRAP's Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

Posted by hertswow on December 4, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


"WRAP's Food Waste Recycling Action Plan is live! - 30 Nov 2017 (link)

The first new bulletin for the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan is now live. Visit it to find our all about progress in the first year, the latest tools and industry guidance, as well as opportunities to get involved and help improve recycling rates across the sector. Do pass the news on to your colleagues."


National Recycling Award for NHDC and NHH

Posted by hertswow on November 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)


"North Hertfordshire District Council and North Hertfordshire Homes go flat out to win recycling award"

Monday, 23 October 2017 - 3:00pm - https://northherts-cms.cms-live.firmstep.com/north-hertfordshire-district-council-and-north-hertfordshire-homes-go-flat-out-win-recycling-award" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">details

"North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) and North Hertfordshire Homes (NHH) are celebrating winning a prestigious national award for their recycling work with residents of local flats. On Wednesday 11 October they fought off stiff competition to win Best Partnership Award at the 2017 LARAC (Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee) Celebration Awards in Nottingham. This accomplishment was the result of a year of collaborative work with local residents to reduce the amount of non recyclable materials going into recycling bins such as plastic bags, textiles and polystyrene.

. . .

This successful formula has since been shared with other local authorities in the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership, Resources London and the Surrey Waste Partnership."

Recycle Week 2017, 25 Sept. to 1st Oct. - WRAP

Posted by hertswow on September 19, 2017 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (2)


"This year’s campaign ‘Recycling – it’s worth it’ is designed to encourage us all to recycle more of the right things from all around the home. Our research shows that in the UK, whilst almost 90% of people claim to regularly recycle from the kitchen, only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom. Yet recycling just three empty deodorant cans can save enough energy to power a shower for eight minutes. And those recycled aerosols could come back as parts for mobile phones, dishwashers or even as another aerosol can.

It is these value and transformational messages we want to get across throughout this Recycle Week. And not just for dry recycling items, but food waste too. We know that understanding the importance of food waste recycling and what happens to recycled food once collected has increased, however awareness of it still lags behind dry recycling – so this will be a key area of focus next week."

Publicity: https://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/why-recycle-because-its-worth-it/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">press release

Resources: https://partners.wrap.org.uk/collections/187/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">images & videos

Seminar on 'Climate Change and Environmental Impact Assessment'

Posted by hertswow on September 18, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In London c/o CIWEM on Thursday 9th November 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm, details

Cost £100.00. For sponsorship enquires please email [email protected]

"On the 16th May 2017 amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process were introduced in line with the 2014 EU Directive (2014/52/EU). The amendments pay increased attention to emerging threats and challenges including the increasing threat of climate change, ...

The aim of this seminar is to provide an overview and evaluation of the amendment to the EIA process six months after its introduction. The event will examine the state of adaptation and resilience in the UK and the effectiveness of EIA in driving positive change before sharing best practice on its consideration using case studies from the UK and EU.

Food Waste in the EU

Posted by hertswow on September 17, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

On 15th Sept. 2017, Martin Bowman (of 'This Is Rubbish' initiative) has requested this:

"Call on the European Commission to halve food waste in the UK and Europe before it's too late! Just over a month to go.  . . ." https://www.change.org/p/let-s-cut-europe-s-food-waste-in-half/u/21358195?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_campaign=139371&sfmc_tk=Xc4xjC6IXgqlqzYqjCwkkQd8krK5schZ8E5yQOOHstDaV0XRambjpwHSBTfR1yrM&j=139371&sfmc_sub=199855857&l=32_HTML&u=26589352&mid=7259882&jb=39" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link

Eunomia's 12th Residual Waste Infrastructure Review

Posted by hertswow on September 13, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The Eunomia consultancy team has published their biannual Residual Waste Infrastructure Review. here

which "tracks and forecasts the UK’s supply of treatment capacity and available waste arisings. The 12th edition of the report highlights the significant growth in residual waste treatment capacity since Eunomia started tracking facility development in 2009.

The review finds that the UK has more than doubled its residual waste treatment capacity in this time, while the quantity of residual waste suitable for treatment has fallen by 13%, and forecasts that supply will exceed capacity in 2020/21. Were all planned facilities to operate at full capacity, this would limit the UK’s recycling rate to no more than 63%."

Re-consultation on VES's planning application

Posted by hertswow on August 18, 2017 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday Herts. CC opened a public re-consultation on a slew of reports under 'Regulation 22' matters that queried many of  the original set of documents. This will run until Thursday 21st September 2017. If that is too short a timescale for your organisation, you are invited to notify HCC and ask for an extension (sooner rather than later please, so that other respondents can benefit from the timescale).

We expect that HCC's Minerals and Waste Planning team will publicise this via the HCC's web site's Consultations page https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/About-the-council/Consultations/Consultations.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here.

This is a substantial addition to the Planning documentation. Here is an index of the amended documents:

A new folder 'Further Information' contains these zip folders of 'Regulation 22' documentation:

  • Plans / Individ_Revised_App_Plans (14 docs): site, lighting, traffic
  • Misc (4 docs): design of the drainage & piling
  • Highways: Arrivals; Transport Assessments (2 docs):
  • Further Info (2 docs): AECOM's responses to Scoping Opinion; Further Information & Changes*
  • Flood Risk Assessment; Hydrology (2 docs)

*Further Info & Changes gives an outline of all changes made in the documents just published, via a few folder of Further Information: https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/tabPage3.jsp?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page

Part One - Further information supplied under Regulation 22

Part Two - Changes to the submitted planning application:

Flood Risk Assessment

Transport Assessment

Changes to the Environmental Statement

Additional info on risks to groundwater

Drainage / Appx 11.5 Drainage and Ground Water (1 doc)

By the way, a vital new response 'Landscape Comments RL' was added on 3rd August, from HCC's Landscape team, via the Statutory Representations folder. https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/tabPage3.jsp?aplId=25790" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">page (1st item)