In this section you will find some of NLWA's responses to recent consultation. NLWA typically responds to a consultation if it is likely to affect the operational practices or finances of the Authority. Draft responses are included in the 'Consultations and Policy Update' reports to Authority meetings. For a complete list of NLWA consultation responses email firstname.lastname@example.org
NLWA does not ordinarily run consultations, apart from the recent consultation on the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP). You can find out more information about NLHPP on the NLHPP website.
Consultation on amending the Waste Regulations 2011 on the separate collection of recycling
The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 transpose the revised Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC into England and Wales legislation. However, a Judicial Review had challenged the inclusion of comingled recycling as a form of 'separate collection' in Regulation 13 as being contrary to the Directive's aims and obligations to promote high quality recycling, and a failure to correctly transpose the Directive.
Defra and the Welsh Government accordingly proposed to amend Regulation 13 to ensure that the Regulations reflect Defra and the Welsh government's understanding of the Directive more clearly. The court granted a six-month stay of the Judicial Review proceedings to do this, until June 2012.
Consultation on the Government's Industrial Strategy Green Paper 2017
In January 2017 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a green paper entitled 'Building Our Industrial Strategy'. The objective of the draft industrial strategy as set out in the paper is "to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country". The government has identified ten pillars of thought and policy for the strategy which they consider, based upon evidence, will drive economic growth.
NLWA responded to the Green Paper following approval of the response at the Authority meeting on 5 April 2017.
Defra Call for evidence on Refuse Derived Fuel Market in England 2014
Defra issued a call for evidence in relation to Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). The purpose of the call for evidence was to provide Defra with a greater understanding of the RDF market in England, any issues associated with the market, and how these might be addressed. Accordingly, the call for evidence was looking at both domestic use of RDF along with exports, posing a number of questions aimed at filling gaps in Defra’s evidence base to help in determining whether there is a need for some form of intervention. Comment and views were invited.
Defra Call for evidence on voluntary and economic incentives to reduce littering of drinks containers and promote recycling
This call for evidence was about the impact of voluntary and economic incentives to reduce littering of drinks containers and promote recycling. Principally this call for evidence was seeking evidence for the potential impact of introducing and England-wide Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers whereby consumers would be incentivised to return empty drinks containers rather than disposing or recycling them for free.
Defra Consultation on WEEE Compliance Fee Methodology 2017
Between 18 October and 1 December Defra consulted on the methodology it intended to use for calculating the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Compliance Fee for 2017.
Defra discussion paper on clarifying the applications of the definition of waste to re-use and repair activities, 2014
England’s Waste Prevention Programme published in December 2013, had identified clarification on the impacts and approaches to the definition of waste as a priority for action. In November 2014, Defra issued a discussion paper relating to the clarification of the applications of the definition of waste to reuse and repair activities. The paper provided an introduction to the definition of waste, its application to re-use and repair activities, and some of the problems that may occur. Whilst it did not capture all of the issues relating to the definition of waste, Defra said however, in the introduction to the paper that "it does aim to progress discussion on the issues, table some conclusions, and suggest a way forward."
Defra Waste Prevention Programme for England, 2013
The government is required to publish the first Waste Prevention Programme for England by December 2013. This is a requirement of the revised Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) and takes forward a commitment in the Government Review of Waste Policy in England 2011. Drawing on the evidence presented in, and received in response to, the recently published Call for Evidence, this consultation set out the proposed vision, priorities, metrics and role for different actors for inclusion within the Waste Prevention Programme for England.
EC Consultation on the Circular Economy
The Commission is aiming to present a new, more ambitious circular economy strategy late in 2015. The strategy will comprise a revised legislative proposal on waste and a Communication setting out an action plan on the circular economy for the rest of this Commission’s term of office. This public consultation was on the main policy options which it says will feed into the development of an "ambitious new approach" on the circular economy for Europe. The response to the consultation consists of a completed online questionnaire and accompanying position paper.
EC Consultation on the functioning of waste markets in the EU
The European Commission launched a public consultation on waste markets in preparation for the release of its revised circular economy (CE) package later in 2015. It said that it wanted to obtain a better understanding of the nature and the extent of regulatory failures causing undue distortions to recycling and recovery markets. NLWA provided a response via the online questionnaire.
EFRA Committee investigation into food waste in England 2016
In launching its investigation into food waste in England in July 2016 the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee noted that: 8 million tonnes of food is wasted post-manufacture, including households, retail and wholesale and hospitality/food sector. 60% of this could have been avoided. This has an annual value of approximately £16 billion a year. The investigation to which NLWA responded focussed on consumers, the retail and hospitality sectors, and local government.
EFRA Committee investigation into waste management in England 2014
The Commons Select Committee for Environment Food & Rural Affairs has launched an investigation into waste management in England within the context of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA’s) notification that it will be "stepping back" in areas of waste management where businesses are better placed to act and there is no clear market failure.
The inquiry is examining existing approaches to the recycling and treatment of municipal waste in England and the impact of the reduction of DEFRA’s activities in municipal waste management announced in April 2014.
Enfield - Draft Green Belt Boundary Review 2011
Draft Green Belt Boundary Review Report, London Borough of Enfield, July 2011. A consultation on proposed changes to the boundary of the Green Belt in Enfield.
Enfield Development Management Document 2014
Between May and June 2014 London Borough of Enfield was consulting on the proposed main modifications to its Development Management Document (DMD). Given the stage of the document's preparation it was only appropriate to suggest minor amendments or to respond to modifications arising from the comments of other consultees. NLWA responded accordingly.
Enfield Local Plan 2017 – 2032
LB Enfield's Local Plan is due to be adopted by summer 2017. In the early stages of the Plan's development LB Enfield undertook a call for sites, alongside providing a consultation document on challenges, visions and options.
Please see NLWA's response to Enfield's Local Plan
Enfield S106 Development Plan Document (DPD) 2016
LB Enfield issued a consultation document on an updated Development Plan Document relating to agreements entered into under section 106, in connection with planning approvals granted by the Council.
The Authority is proposing to enter into a section 106 Agreement with LB Enfield to cover any local impacts of the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the North London Heat and Power Project (www.northlondonheatandpower.london) , which are not expressly covered in the draft DCO. The consultation document was reviewed for any impact on the Authority’s application.
Environment Agency charge proposals from 2018
From 30 November 2017 until 26 January the Environment Agency was consulting on its scheme of charges for environmental permits and a range of other approvals with the aim of bringing a new charging regime into effect from 1 April 2018.
The aims of the review included to simplify the current charging regime and to enable full cost recovery through the charging scheme. A response was submitted on 26 January 2018.
Haringey Development Management Development Plan Document (DPD) 2016
The Development Management DPD gives effect to Haringey’s spatial strategy and the key objectives of the Strategic Policies Local Plan.
NLWA responded in 2013 to the Draft Development Management Policies Consultation and commented again in March 2015 on the Preferred Options. Below is NLWA's response to the pre-submission version of the Development Management Plan DPD.
Haringey Draft Development Management Policies 2013
Planning consultation from London Borough of Haringey seeking views on draft development management policies for the borough. The NLWA response is focussed on those development management policies considered relevant to waste proposals
Haringey Site Allocations DPD - Preferred Option 2015
NLWA's response to the Preferred Option Draft of the Sites Allocation Development Plan Document (DPD), February 2015 focusses on the Pinkham Way site in Haringey, which is part owned by NLWA and part owned by London Borough of Barnet.
Haringey Site Allocations DPD - Pre-submission version 2016
The Site Allocations DPD allocates sufficient sites to accommodate the identified development needs in the borough. It specifically identifies strategic sites which will make a significant contribution to meeting the growth plans set out in the Local Plan Strategic Policies. Once adopted the Site Allocations DPD will enable LB Haringey to determine planning applications and make interventions on sites in line with the allocations.
At the pre-submission stage of the Site Allocations DPD development the consultation was primarily concerned with the soundness of the DPD i.e. is the DPD positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national planning policy. Please see below:
Haringey Strategic Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) 2016
LB Haringey’s Strategic Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) was adopted by the Council in March 2013. The purpose of the document is to set out the long term vision for how Haringey, and the places within it, should develop by 2026 and the Council’s strategy for achieving that vision. However, since the Strategic Policies were adopted there have been a number changes in the over-arching planning framework at both national and regional level which affect local planning. Accordingly LB Haringey identified and consulted on a number of alterations for the Strategic Policies to ensure that the Strategic Policies DPD remains up-to-date and consistent with the current national and regional planning position.
Haringey Tottenham Area Action Plan 2016
LB Haringey consulted on two area action plans - for Wood Green and Tottenham. NLWA has responded to the Tottenham Area Action Plan (AAP) because it encompasses the Reuse and Recycling Centre (RRC) at Park View Road and the Authority’s offices at Ashley Road.
HMT Tackling the Plastic Problem
This call for evidence by the Treasury was seeking to explore how changes to the tax system or charges could be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that we waste, in order to deliver better environmental outcomes. NLWA's response drew upon its experience of the issue in north London.
JWDAs BREXIT: position paper
North London Waste Authority and the other five joint waste disposal authorities (JWDAs) in England have produced a paper which calls for an English Resource Strategy. This paper was attached as Appendix 1 to the Authority's response to the government's green paper Building Our Industrial Strategy in April 2017.
London Assembly Investigation into food waste management in London 2014
The London Assembly’s Environment Committee launched an investigation into food waste management in the capital. The investigation called for evidence to be submitted about the management of this important waste stream.The NLWA response provides details of the Authority’s food waste prevention programme, borough food waste collection services and tonnages being collected in north London for composting in the area in addition to referencing where the material is sent to and some of the barriers to increased recycling of this waste stream such as high population turnover.
London Legacy Development Corporation Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule 2014
From 1 October 2012, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) became the local planning authority for its area around the Olympic park.The Draft Charging Schedule for this levy was available for consultation from 27 May until 8 July 2014.
Mayor of London draft London Environment Strategy
The Mayor of London has a duty to develop a capital-wide environment strategy, the London Environment Strategy (LES), the Authority will also have a duty to be in general conformity with the waste elements of the LES.This is the first strategy to bring together approaches to every aspect of London’s environment. It is divided into the following areas:
• Air quality
• Green infrastructure
• Climate change mitigation and energy
• Adapting to climate change
• Ambient noise
The final London Environment Strategy will be published in 2018.
Mayor of London's Municipal Waste Management Strategy 2010
London's Wasted Resource, The Mayors Draft Municipal Waste Management Strategy, Public Consultation Draft, Mayor of London, October 2010. Consultation on the draft strategy for managing London's municipal waste.
MRF Code of Practice 2013
Defra consultation on the introduction of a code of practice for Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs). The consultation sought views on the Government's intention to update the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 with MRF Regulations, to improve the transparency of information on the quality of material being despatched from MRFs in England and Wales.
New London Plan
In December 2017 the Mayor of London issued a consultation on a new London Plan (NLP). The London Plan sets the strategic planning framework for the capital. The NLP will run from 2019 to 2041. NLWA responded to the consultation.
New North London Waste Plan (NLWP) Launch Consultation 2013
Launch consultation on the new North London Waste Plan (NLWP), the spatial strategy for waste in north London. The plan is prepared by seven north London boroughs in their capacities as planning authorities and will allocate sites for waste facilities and establish common policies against which planning applications for new waste facilities will be assessed. Further consultations on the NLWP will come forward as the Plan is developed.
North East Enfield Area Action Plan (NEEAAP) 2014
As part of the London Borough of Enfield's preparation of an Area Action Plan (AAP) for North East Enfield, London Borough of Enfield sought comments upon the draft NEEAAP. The NEEAAP will provide a comprehensive planning policy framework to guide future development and investment in North East Enfield. Whilst the NEEAAP area is to the north of the Edmonton EcoPark site, where the energy-from-waste facility for north London is located, the consultation was relevant to the Authority because the NEEAAP refers to the Lee Valley Heat Network and to the Edmonton EcoPark as the major source of heat for this network.
North London Waste Plan (NLWP) Issues and Options consultation 2008
Consultation on the Issues and Options version of the NLWP the strategic landuse plan which will set the framework for allocating new waste sites and policies against which new waste facility planning applications will be assessed in north London. A new NLWP is currently in preparation. Further detail is available on the NLWP website.
North London Waste Plan (NLWP) Preferred Options consultation 2009
Consultation on the Preferred Options version of the NLWP, the strategic landuse plan which will set the framework for allocating new waste sites and policies against which new waste facility planning applications will be assessed in north London. A new NLWP is currently in preparation. Further detail is available on the NLWP website.
North London Waste Plan (NLWP) Proposed Submission consultation 2011
Consultation on the submission version of the NLWP the strategic landuse plan which will set the framework for allocating new waste sites and policies against which new waste facility planning applications will be assessed in north London. A new NLWP is currently in preparation. Further detail is available on the NLWP website.
The Authority additionally submitted a list of factual corrections - if a copy of these is required please contact the Authority.
North London Waste Plan 2015
The seven constituent borough councils in north London have been working together as planning authorities to prepare a Joint Waste Development Plan Document (Joint Waste DPD) which will set the framework for waste planning in the area for the period 2017 to 2032. The joint waste DPD is entitled the ‘North London Waste Plan’ (NLWP). This consultation on the draft plan will be followed by a consultation on the ‘proposed submission version’ in autumn 2016. NLWP response 29-09-15
Olympic Legacy Supplementary Planning Document 2011
Olympic Legacy Supplementary Planning Document, GLA, September 2011. This consultation considered planning opportunities for regenerating the area surrounding the Olympic Park, including the household waste recycling centre at Gateway Road, Waltham Forest.
Packaging Waste Targets 2013-17
Consultation on recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste for 2013-2017, Defra, 2011. Consultation on proposed amendments to the existing packaging waste recycling and recovery targets with new targets proposals for the period 2013 - 2017 in order that the UK continues to meet the targets set out in the EU Packaging Directive.
Proposed policy statement for Part 2 of the Localism Act 2011
The proposed policy statement for Part 2 of the Localism Act 2011 proposed that EU fines could be passed down to individual local authorities. Part 2 of the Localism Act introduces a discretionary power for a Minister of the Crown to require a public authority to pay some, or all, of a European Court of Justice financial sanction where the public authority has demonstrably caused or contributed to that sanction. The consultation sought views on this.
Renewable Heat Incentive Guidance Consultation 2011
Renewable Heat Incentive Guidance Consultation, Ofgem, June 2011. In June 2011 Ofgem consulted on a draft Guidance document for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a new Government financial incentive scheme to promote the uptake of renewable heat.
Renewables Obligation Banding 2011
Consultation on proposals for the levels of banded support under the Renewables Obligation for the period 2013-17 and the Renewables Obligation Order 2012, DECC, December 2011. Consultation on price banding for renewables obligation certificates and request for comments on a backing report regarding cost calculations.
Upper Lee Valley Opportunity Area Planning Framework - Consultation draft 2011
Upper Lee Valley Opportunity Area Planning Framework - Consultation draft, Greater London Authority, November 2011. This consultation document set out proposals for the regeneration and development of the Upper Lee Valley 'Oppportunity Area', which includes the LondonWaste EcoPark site which is used by the NLWA for managing a significant proportion of north London's waste.
Waste Review 2010
Government Review of Waste Policy in England, Defra, August 2010. National review of waste policy which resulted in a report and Action Plan for waste management. The carbon impact of each action is highlighted in the plan.