Updates to the Strategy in 2008
Comments from the Mayor of London
The North London Joint Waste Strategy (NLJWS) was updated in 2008 to take account of comments received from the Mayor of London and a further public consultation process which was carried out in May and June 2008.
The waste strategy for north London must be 'in general conformity' with the London Mayor's regional waste strategy for the capital and the Mayor can comment on this issue. A bite-sized version of the Strategy is also available.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
Additionally, as a result of new legislation it was also necessary to carry out an updated environmental impact assessment of the NLJWS. An environmental assessment had been carried out in 2004, when the draft NLJWS was first produced, but because the NLJWS had not been fully adopted by the eight authorities an updated assessment was needed. The assessment modelled the potential environmental impact of the managing north London's waste in different ways.
This assessment is described in Chapter 6 of the Strategy and in the accompanying Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report and SEA Environmental Report Appendices.
Consultation as part of the SEA
The SEA included two stages of consultation, the first of which was with the statutory agencies and the second, a public consultation, which was carried out in May and June 2008. The NLJWS was amended as a result of the SEA and associated consultation processes.
A SEA Post-Adoption Statement has also been produced which sets out how the Strategy has been updated as a result of the SEA process and particularly how consultee comments were taken into account.
Here you can download the:
- non-technical summary of the Strategic Environmental Assessment
- Strategic Environmental Assessment Report in full
- Strategic Environmental Assessment Report Appendices
- Strategic Environmental Assessment Post Adoption Statement
Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA)
In addition to the SEA, an Equalities Impact Assessment was also carried out as the Strategy was being updated. An EqIA involves gathering and using evidence to make a judgement about how a particular policy or strategy affects, or is likely to affect different groups of people when implemented. An EqIA is undertaken to ensure that policies and strategies do not discriminate against specific target groups and where possible, contribute to improving the lives of local communities. The process of carrying out an EqIA is a systematic one whereby the needs of each target group are considered in turn.
Habitats Regulations Assessment
This Habitats Regulations Assessment looks at the potential impact of new waste management facilities which might be developed by the NLWA in order to deliver the objectives of the North London Joint Waste Strategy. The assessment focuses on the potential impact of new developments on sites which are protected because of their nature conservation value, such as wetlands of international importance, or Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) which are strictly protected sites designated under the EC Habitats Directive such as Epping Forest.
Because the NLJWS does not identify sites for new facilities, nor does it express a preference for particular waste technologies, some assumptions have had to be made for modelling purposes.