Devon County Council submitted a new Devon Waste Plan to the Secretary of State for examination on 3 April 2014. It covers the whole of Devon, except for Plymouth, Torbay and the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks. It contains ten core policies: W1 – a presumption of sustainable development; W2 – sustainable waste management; W3 – spatial strategy; W4 – waste prevention; W5 – reuse, recycling and materials recovery; W6 – energy recovery; W7 – waste disposal; W8 – waste water treatment; W9 – management of special types of waste; and W10 – protection of waste management capacity. Of these, the most contentious could be Policy W6: Energy Recovery. This seeks to deliver 377,000 tonnes of energy recovery capacity, and identifies five locations for new facilities (incinerators) each of up to 80,000 tonnes, at Brynsworthy Environment Centre (Barnstaple), Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension, Hill Barton and Greendale Barton (east of Exeter), and Heathfield (Kingsteignton).
Preparation of the Plan included a Pre-submission Public Consultation which ended on 24th February 2014. The responses were submitted, together with the Devon Waste Plan itself and supporting documents. The whole bundle can be viewed online at www.devon.gov.uk/dwpsubmission and hardcopy can be viewed locally at Torridge District Council Offices, Riverbank House, Bideford, EX39 2QG and at the Bideford Library.
The Secretary of State has appointed an Inspector, Mr Andrew S Freeman, to conduct the examination. The examination hearings are currently expected to be held in July 2014. To assist the Inspector, Mr Robert Young has been appointed as the Programme Officer and will undertake the administration of the examination and be the point of contact for all queries and correspondence. Contact details for the Programme Officer, together with information on the examination, will be published shortly on the Council’s website at www.devon.gov.uk/dwpexamination.
If you have any immediate questions on the Devon Waste Plan, including submission documents and examination arrangements, you are asked please to contact the County Council by either emailing email@example.com, calling 0845 155 1015, or writing to: Minerals and Waste Planning, AB2 Lucombe House, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD