County consults over waste plan
RESIDENTS of the South Hams are being invited to respond to a further consultation on Devon County Council's waste plan The consultation, running until Friday September 19, is the next step in the process of adopting the plan. It follows examination hearings into the Devon Waste Plan, which concluded in July, where a Government inspector considered various objections. The waste plan aims to increase recycling of household and business waste to at least 64 per cent by 2031, while disposal of waste is intended to account for less than five per cent. The plan includes proposals for five new 'waste from energy' plants and increased capacity at existing sites, potentially including 'anaerobic digestion' plants at Langage Farm and Lee Moor, in the South Hams. Since the examination hearings, a range of modifications have been drafted for further consultation. The most significant change being proposed would commit the county council to an early review of its policy on landfilling of waste if remaining capacity runs out at a faster rate than predicted. Various policies are also clarified through amended or additional wording. Cllr Jerry Brook, chairman of Devon County Council's development management committee, said: 'The hearings have allowed a thorough discussion of a range of issues, including recycling, energy recovery and disposal. 'Our previous consultation resulted in a number of objections, many of which related to proposed sites, and the local communities affected have now had the opportunity to address the Government inspector directly on this issue. 'This consultation will be an opportunity for people to view the proposed modifications and to comment on them.' Responses are invited on the proposed modifications, but comments on the remaining parts of the Devon Waste Plan cannot be considered. To respond to the consultation go to http://www.devon.gov.uk/dwpmodifi">www.devon.gov.uk/dwpmodifi cations.
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