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Surrey Waste Plan

The Surrey Waste Plan (SWP) sets out the planning framework for the development of waste management facilities in Surrey. The current SWP is the Surrey Waste Plan 2008.

The Surrey Waste Plan is currently being reviewed.

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Frequently asked Questions


What is a Waste Local Plan?

A Iarge amount of waste is generated by Surrey's homes and businesses, so Surrey County Council needs to ensure that sufficient land is available for the waste facilities needed to manage it.

It is essential that those facilities do not result in unacceptable harm to the environment and human health. It is also important that Surrey's waste is managed sustainably and that the county working towards sending zero waste to landfill.

As the Waste Planning Authority (WPA) Surrey County Council is required to produce a waste Local Plan to show how we are going to manage Surrey's waste.

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Why are we replacing the old Surrey Waste Plan 2008?

The Surrey Waste Plan was adopted in May 2008. The National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) states that local plans should be kept up to date.

We need a new waste local plan in order to be able to meet new challenges that have arisen since the plan was adopted.

These challenges include:

  1. New policy that has been introduced
  2. Waste management technology that has become more advanced
  3. Changes to the amount and type(s) of waste we need to manage.

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What is the timescale for reviewing the new Surrey Waste Local Plan?

The preparation of the Surrey Waste Local Plan needs to follow a number of stages. We are aiming to adopt the new Surrey Waste Local Plan in 2018. More information about the timescale for preparing and adopting the new plan can be found in the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme.

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How can I comment on the preparation of the new Surrey Waste Local Plan?

The Issues and Options Stage was the first formal consultation in the process for preparing the new Surrey waste Local Plan. The Issues and Options Consultation has now closed.

We will have another consultation on the Draft Plan between July to October 2017.

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How are you going to allocate sites for waste facilities?

We are going to look at a large number of possible locations in preparing the new Surrey Waste Local Plan. We will use a range of environmental and other criteria to choose the best ones.

The sites being considered for inclusion in a new Surrey Waste Local Plan will be available once all potential sites are reviewed as part of a draft plan.

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I want to be kept up to date on the progress of the Surrey Waste Local Plan – what should I do?

We will update information on our webpage as a new Surrey Waste Local Plan progresses. Consultations will be run through the Surrey Says consultation hub. You will be able to see upcoming consultations on the Surrey Says website.

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