PPS 11: Planning and Waste Management
Policy WM 2
|Policy WM2 Waste Collection and Treatment Facilities|
Proposals for the development of a waste collection or treatment facility will be permitted where:
Justification and Amplification
7.1 The targets contained within the Waste Management Strategy require a significant shift away from landfill. 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 reused or close to other waste treatment facilities. Applicants must demonstrate that the proposal is consistent with the WMS and the relevant WMP and is the BPEO or a constituent part of the BPEO for a waste stream. Further guidance on assessing BPEO is contained within BPEO - Decision Makers’ Guide10 prepared by Environment and Heritage Service.
7.2 Planning Service will seek to facilitate the increase in the number, type and range in size of waste treatment facilities in line with the requirements of the WMS and relevant WMP. There may also be a need to deal with existing developments that require to adjust their operations to comply with changing legislation. The Department will seek to assist developers in all the above circumstances subject to proper consideration of all the material factors.
7.3 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 are also considered under this policy as are planning applications for the recycling of construction and demolition waste. 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 facility, scrap-yards, multi-stream separation and material recovery facilities, composting facilities, waste water treatment works, incineration and other thermal treatment/energy recovery facilities.
This section contains the following sub-categories.
- Waste Separation and Recycling
- Civic Amenity Sites
- Waste Water Treatment Facilities
- Regional Scale Waste Treatment Facilities
- Internal v External Waste Treatment
- Hazardous Waste
- Waste Treatment and Energy Recovery (EfW)
- Integrated Waste Management
10 BPEO - Decision Makers’ Guide, Environment & Heritage Service, DOE(NI), 2001