PPS 11: Planning and Waste Management
Policy WM 1: Reinstatement of the Site
6.40 When the operation of a waste management site comes to an end it must be left in a fit state for beneficial subsequent use. Licence conditions and sound management will ensure that ground contamination is minimised or kept to an acceptable level.
6.41 In the case of landfill and landraising operations appropriate and careful restoration and aftercare is required to prepare the site for a use, which is compatible with the surrounding area. All applications for landfill and landraising operations must be accompanied by drawings illustrating typical cross-sections through the site and indicating depth of fill, capping details, final restoration contours, planting, and other relevant details. Where appropriate, proposals to promote biodiversity, tree and shrub planting should be included. Applications for hazardous and non¬hazardous landfill and landraising operations must also be accompanied by details of leachate and landfill gas management including utilisation of landfill gas to produce energy where possible. Reinstatement of landfill sites will be covered by the inclusion of appropriate conditions on planning permissions.
6.42 On occasions development requiring permission occurs without the required consent. Such development can cause significant damage to the environment. Where appropriate prompt enforcement action will be taken to ensure that the possibility of irreparable damage is minimised (see Planning Policy Statement 9 – The Enforcement of Planning Control).