Waste Local Plan

Production of the Waste Local Plan (WLP)

Following agreement between the six District Councils of Merseyside and Halton to produce a Joint Waste Development Plan Document (Waste DPD) in 2006, MEAS were appointed to develop the Plan. The production of the Plan required a series of consultation stages. At each stage interested parties and the general public were able to comment on the emerging Policies and Site Allocations for Waste Management facilities. As a result the Policies and Allocations were increasingly clearly defined as the process progressed.

The stages were as follows:



March 2007

Issues and Options Consultation

December 2008

Spatial Strategy and Sites Consultation

May 2010

Preferred Options Consultation

May 2011

Preferred Options 2 Consultation

November 2011

Publication of Proposed Submission Document

February 2012

Submission of WLP to Department of Communities and Local Government

June 2012

Examination Hearing

July 2013

Adoption of Waste Local Plan by District Councils

MEAS were charged with production of all of the Consultation Documents and the background Evidence Base materials. We also organised the consultations in which consultees were able to respond on-line, by email, by correspondence and through paper forms.

The final Waste Local Plan, which was adopted in July 2013 contains 16 Policies and 18 Site Allocations. The Policies deal with all aspects of Waste Management from Waste Prevention to Energy from Waste facilities. Other documents relevant to the Waste Local Plan can be found in the appropriate Documents Section.The Plan covers the period from 2013 to 2027 and will be reviewed every five years. Current work on Monitoring and Implementation is described below.

Merseyside and Halton Joint Waste Local Plan (WLP): Implementation and Monitoring

Wpm LogoThe Waste Local Plan was adopted in July 2013 by all the Merseyside and Halton districts. Upon adoption the WLP policies and allocations became part of the individual districts Local Plans, and have to be considered for relevant planning applications. MEAS has a key role in ensuring that the WLP policies are implemented for relevant applications, and that the site allocations are also monitored.

Every year MEAS will produce a report that will monitor the use of WLP polices and uptake of land allocations and will review and update the evidence base including the needs assessment. It will also report against a number of monitoring indicators which were developed with the WLP. This Implementation and Monitoring report will feed into each of the Council’s Annual Monitoring Reports (AMRs) which will be publicly available.