The joint Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Waste Local Plan, adopted in 2001, is the current approved planning policy document that guides waste development and determines waste-related planning applications within Essex and Southend.
Following the introduction of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, Essex County Council is obliged to update its Local Plans. As work on the Replacement Waste Local Plan progresses the content of the 2001 Waste Local Plan has been saved until the new plan is adopted.
The aims of the current Waste Local Plan and the Replacement Waste Local Plan are to:
· Set out waste planning policies and proposals to guide waste related development in accordance with the government’s principles of sustainability
· Outline how planning applications for waste management facilities are considered
· Identify key waste management sites for development within Essex and Southend.
In practice, having a current and an emerging waste plan means that planning decisions relating to waste planning and disposal still use the Waste Local Plan 2001 as the main policy document to determine planning applications.
Once the Replacement Waste Local Plan has been completed and adopted, the Waste Local Plan 2001 will be replaced. A timescale for the adoption of the Replacement Waste Local Plan is included in the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme.