Derry Area Plan 2011
Public Utilities: Waste Disposal
It is not the purpose of this Plan to prescribe either the preferred methods of dealing with waste materials or specific sites for new facilities. These are matters to be determined by the producers or holders of waste in the context of land use planning policies and of future waste management policy in Northern Ireland. The Department intends shortly to publish a Waste Management Strategy for Northern Ireland that will seek to promote the reduction, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste to meet EC Directive requirements.
At present the predominant method of dealing with waste materials arising within the District is to dispose of them by landfilling/landraising. There are a number of such sites within the District, 99 individually authorised to receive particular types of waste. Two of them, Culmore and Duncastle, are used and operated by Derry City Council, the remainder are privately operated. The life of these facilities is limited and they could all be full within the timescale of this Plan. New arrangements, which may include facilities for re-cycling and recovery as well as disposal by landfilling or other means, will be required.
Derry City Council will continue to have a statutory responsibility for the collection of waste and will be producing a Waste Management Plan in due course. Various options are being considered for the management and disposal of waste, some in conjunction with neighbouring Councils, but it is clear that there will be an ongoing need for landfilling/landraising facilities.
Planning permission will not normally be granted for the disposal of waste materials within the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bonds Glen and Ness Wood/Ervey Wood Countryside Policy Area or within the Areas of High Scenic Value
Exceptionally, permission may be granted for landfilling/landraising proposals involving the use of clay, sub-soil or other inert materials (i.e. wastes which will not decompose to release pollutants) that are specifically intended to facilitate the improvement of land of low agricultural quality, provided that such development is compatible with relevant nature conservation interests.