Day 2 of an expected 2 day Public Hearing
Matter 3 – 09:30 (2/9/21) – 11:00
Does the Plan make adequate provision for the waste management apportionments required by the London Plan and any other arisings, and is it positively prepared in this regard?
Matter 3 continued – 11:15 (2/9/21) – 12:20
Matter 4 – 13:15 (2/9/21) – 14:45
Does the Plan set out an effective suite of policies for the management of waste in the area; and are they justified and consistent with national policy?
Matter 4 continued – 15:00 (2/9/21) – 16:00
Closing Comments – 16:05 (2/9/21) – 16:30
Recap of matters arising with the Boroughs;
Inspectors’ closing remarks;
Closing statement from the Boroughs.
The London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton have jointly prepared a new Draft South London Waste Plan. The South London Waste Plan sets out the partner boroughs’ long-term vision, spatial strategy and planning policies for the sustainable management of waste over the next 15 year period.
The London Borough of Sutton, along with Croydon, Kingston and Merton, submitted the Draft South London Waste Plan 2020 to the Secretary of State for examination on 19 January 2021, in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
The hearing sessions will commence at 09:30 on Wednesday 1 September 2021 at Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX. The relevant COVID regulations/guidelines, in force at the time, will be in operation together with any specific to the venue.
People who do not wish to attend in person will be able to exercise their right to be heard by the Inspectors (where this applies) separately through video conferencing software. Arrangements will also be in place for people to observe the hearing sessions in person and remotely via live streaming. However, please be aware that the COVID pandemic may require alteration to these arrangements at short notice.
Keep up to date with the latest examination news. This will be regularly updated and direct you to any new documents or correspondence. Any Examination Documents referred to below are available via the tab at the top of this page or here.
31 August 2021 – The Hearing sessions will be live-streamed and can be viewed remotely via the Merton Youtube Page.
27 August 2021 – The Mayor of London has issued an updated Opinion of Conformity with 2021 London Plan. This can be viewed under ‘Examaintion Documents’ as OTH03.
23 August 2021 – The SLWP Boroughs and the Wimbledon Park Residents Association have signed a Statement of Common Ground. This can be viewed under ‘Examination Documents’ as SLWP17
20 August 2021 – THE SLWP Boroughs have published the Waste AMR. This can be viewed under ‘Examiantion Dcouments’ as SLWP16.
16 August 2021 – The SLWP Boroughs and the Mayor of London have agreed a Statement of Common Ground. This can be viewed under ‘Examination Documents’ as SLWP15.
06 August 2021 – The SLWP Boroughs and one other participant have responded to INSP05, the inspectors note on the revised NPPF. These documents can be viewed under ‘Examination Documents’ as SLWP14 and OTH02 respectively.
06 August 2021 – The inspectors have issued a revised Provisional Hearing Programme. This document can be viewed under ‘Examination Documents’ as INSP04a.
22 July 2021 – The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework) on 20 July 2021. The inspectors have issued a Note in relation to this. This document can be viewed under ‘Examination Documents’ as INSP05.
21 July 2021 – Hearing statements from the SLWP Boroughs and other participants have now been published. These are available via “Hearing Statements” tab at the top of this page. In addition, new Examination Documents have also been published and are available via the ‘Examination Documents’ tab at the top of this page.
26 April 2021 – The GLA have now provided an updated Opinion of Conformity, as requested by the inspectors in their Preliminary Matters. This document can be viewed in the examination library as OTH 01.
26 March 2021 – The inspectors have issued their Guidance Note (INSP03), the Matters, Issues and Questions (INSP02), and the Provisional Hearing Programme (INSP04).
08 March 2021 – The SLWP Boroughs has published its response to the Preliminary Matters (SLWP01), along with a Schedule of Main Modifications (SLWP02a) and Additional modifications (SLWP3a)
18 February 2021 – The inspectors have issued their Preliminary Matters for the Boroughs. This document can be viewed in the examination library as INSP01.
The Secretary of State has appointed Steve Normington BSc DipTP MRICS MRTPI FIQ FIHE and G J Fort BA PGDip LLM MCD MRTPI to conduct the independent examination into whether the Draft South London Waste Plan is sound and complies with all the legal requirements. The criteria for soundness are whether the Plan’s policies are positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.
Carmel Edwards has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the examination and will deal with all procedural and administrative matters. She is independent from the councils and reports directly to the Inspector. Ms Edwards is responsible for the day to day organisation of the examination and will act as a channel of communication between the Inspector and all parties, including the council officers and representors.
All correspondence or queries relating to the examination should be directed to the Programme Officer. Contact details:
Telephone: 07969 631 930
The Inspectors will conduct a series of public hearings as part of the examination process. The provisional hearing programme has been issued by the inspectors and is available under Examination Documents as INSP04.
The hearing sessions can be viewed remotely via live streaming on the Merton YouTube page.
The Council will publish Examination Documents throughout the course of the examination-in-public. The ‘Examination News’ section will provide updates when new Examination Document are published.
The Full Examination is available in the Examination Library Index, including National, Regional and other Local documents, but the main ones are set out below:
Examination Document from the Inspectors
Examination Documents from the local authorities
Examination Documents from participants
Hearing statements received in response to the Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions.
SLWP Boroughs – Matter 4
Wandle Valley Forum (Con10) – Matter 4
Wimbledon Park RA (Con21) – Matter 4
South West London Air Quality Management Group (Con34) – Matter 4
SUEZ (Con40) – Matter 4
Historic England (Con44) – Matter 4
Elliot Colburn MP (Con48) – Matter 4
The Examination process
If you wish to find out in more detail how the examination will be carried out, the Planning Inspectorate has produced a useful guide: Examining Local Plans Procedural Practice.
Examination of the South London Waste Plan
Notice of Independent Examination Hearing
Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012
Statutory Instrument No.767 Regulation 24
The draft South London Waste Plan was submitted by the London Boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton to the Secretary of State for examination-in-public on 19 January 2021. Steve Normington BSc DipTP MRICS MRTPI FIQ FIHE and G J Fort BA PGDip LLM MCD MRTPI are the inspectors appointed to carry out the independent examination of the South London Waste Plan and, as part of the independent examination, they will hold a number of public hearing sessions.
The hearing sessions will commence at 09:30 on Wednesday 1 September 2021 at Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX. The relevant COVID regulations/guidelines, in force at the time, will be in operation together with any specific to the venue. People who do not wish to attend in person will be able to exercise their right to be heard by the Inspectors (where this applies) separately through video conferencing software.
Arrangements will also be in place for people to observe the hearing sessions in person and remotely via live streaming. However, please be aware that the COVID pandemic may require alteration to these arrangements at short notice.
Please see the examination website at https://www.sutton.gov.uk/wasteplan for full details of the hearing sessions and to check any changes or updates to the programme. The Hearings Guidance Note and all relevant documents will also be available via this link.
All queries regarding the Examination should be directed to the Programme Officer, Carmel Edwards, through one of the following methods:
Telephone: 07969 631930