- Existing waste sites should be safeguarded and retained in waste management use.
- Waste facilities located in areas identified for non-waste related development should be integrated with other uses as a first principle where they deliver clear local benefits.
- Waste plans should be adopted before considering the loss of waste sites. The proposed loss of an existing waste site will only be supported where appropriate compensatory capacity is made within London that must at least meet, and should exceed, the maximum achievable throughput of the site proposed to be lost.
London has approximately 500 waste sites, defined as land with planning permission for a waste use or a permit from the Environment Agency for a waste use. This applies to land used for any waste stream. These sites cover a wide range of waste activities and perform a valuable service to London, its people and economy.
Any waste site release should be part of a plan-led process, rather than on an ad-hoc basis. Waste sites should only be released to other land uses where waste processing capacity is re-provided elsewhere within London, based on the maximum achievable throughput of the site proposed to be lost. When assessing the throughput of a site, the maximum throughput achieved over the last three years should be used.
Policy SI8 Waste capacity and net waste self-sufficiency promotes capacity increases at waste sites where appropriate to maximise their use. If such increases are implemented over the Plan period, it may be possible to justify the release of waste sites without capacity re-provision if it can be demonstrated that there is sufficient capacity available elsewhere at appropriate sites over the Plan period. In such cases, sites could be released for other land uses.