Controversial plans to dispose of rubbish by “landraise” are one step closer to being abandoned.
Councillors in Brighton and East Sussex will meet next week to consider a draft Waste and Minerals Plan.
A report to East Sussex councillors says a public consultation in 2009 brought nearly 3,000 responses “most opposing land disposal in principle and any suggestion of landraise in the Low Weald”.
The council report acknowledges the “very clear concerns” of local people about landfill and landraise.
As a result, the draft being considered by councillors has no “areas of search” for landraise or landfill Members of South Downs National Park Authority’s Planning Committee, and of the Cabinet committees of both East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council will consider this revised approach to dealing with waste and minerals at their meetings next week.
Papers for these meetings are available to view by following any of the links below.
The county council said the key areas of difference in the approach for consideration by members are:
- We have investigated the five areas of search for landfill/landraise in the Low Weald identified in the previous plan and found there is no real opportunity to develop a land disposal site in these areas
- We have reviewed the need for landfill at Ashdown Brickworks (which is already identified in the current Waste Local Plan) and found that there is no need to include it
- The new plan identifies there are sites elsewhere that have capacity that could take our waste in the short term, but we also need other solutions
- We need to prepare for more sites to for recycling and recovering energy from waste
- We need to take into account the purposes of the South Downs National Park
If members at all three authorities agree to this revised approach to dealing with waste and minerals, a six week public consultation on the plan will begin on October 27.
The meetings will take place as follows:
South Down National Park Authority’s Planning Committee: 10 October (and at the Full Authority meeting on 25 October):
East Sussex County Council Cabinet: 11 October:
Brighton & Hove City Council Cabinet: 13 October
Sites put forward for possible use as landraise were near Piltdown, Halland, Golden Cross, Hellingly and Glynde.