Multi-million pound North London Waste Strategy in doubt following inspector's report (From Haringey Independent)
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Multi-million pound North London Waste Strategy in doubt following inspector's report
A multi million pound waste strategy put together by seven London councils - including Haringey – failed to meet legal requirements, the Planning Inspector has ruled.
The North London Waste Plan (NLWP), which includes proposals for a huge waste plant in Pinkham Way, Southgate, was due to be assessed for its viability at a six-day hearing in June.
But just two hours into the hearing, the inspector abandoned the assessment following claims none of the seven councils had properly consulted surrounding authorities due to be impacted by the plan.
The inspector’s report of his findings, published on Friday, upheld complaints from authorities in Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.
It concluded the North London Waste Plan - put together by in Barnet, Haringey, Enfield, Camden, Islington, Hackney and Waltham Forest - failed in its obligation “to engage, constructively, actively and on an on-going basis” with the county councils.
The NLWP can begin dialogue with the affected authorities and start the process again, though no decision has yet been made.
Plans for the Pinkham Way waste plant, which have been the subject of strenuous objection from campaign organisations and political groups over traffic and pollution fears, will also be affected.
The Haringey Independent is awaiting a comment from Haringey Council.