More than 270 residents attended a series of public exhibitions, hosted by the North London Waste Authority and London Borough of Barnet, at which plans for a new waste development at the Pinkham way site were on display.
The NLWA and London Borough of Barnet are developing a joint outline planning application to develop the derelict Pinkham Way site into a waste management facility and council vehicle depot. The plans do not include incineration - a key concern for many residents.
The exhibitions provided an opportunity for residents to see the outline plans first-hand and discuss them with members of staff who are working on the planning application.
The Pinkham Way site is the former 1960s Friern Barnet sewage treatment works and has been derelict for many years.
The proposed development will help ensure that across north London waste is disposed of in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way. That includes a move in the longer-term away from incineration and landfill, and towards increasing self-sufficiency in managing north London's waste in north London itself, as set out in the London Plan.
The NLWA is responsible for disposing of almost one million tonnes of waste each year on behalf of seven north London boroughs: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.
Managing Director at the NLWA, David Beadle, said:
"An important point to stress is that the proposed plans for Pinkham Way do not include incineration. That was one of the main concerns that residents had when they came to the exhibitions, so we want to reassure local people that we are not planning to build an incinerator at Pinkham Way.
"We are looking at much more sustainable and environmentally friendly forms of waste disposal. That includes increasing recycling rates from around 30% to 50% by 2020. We need residents to play their part in helping us to achieve this aim".
At this stage, residents' concerns were around traffic congestion, odour and noise emissions.
A full transport impact assessment will be completed and submitted as part of the planning application. This will assess the impact of the proposed development on the road network.
An environmental impact assessment will be completed on odour and noise emissions and a site management plan will have to be agreed with the Environment Agency to ensure that the site complies with the relevant regulations in respect of air quality, odour and noise. Any emissions will be tightly controlled and monitored and local air quality should not be reduced.
The site is not due to be operational until 2015 for the council depot and 2016 for the waste facility.
All residents concerns and feedback from the exhibitions will be considered prior to finalising the planning application, which is due to be submitted to the London Borough of Haringey in late spring 2011.
The NLWA will continue to keep residents informed as plans progress and there will be another opportunity for comments through the formal planning process, which will take place later in the year, organised by the London Borough of Haringey the planning authority.
Further details on the Pinkham Way plans are available.
Notes to Editors
The NLWA is the statutory waste disposal authority for the constituent London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.
The Authority manages the disposal of approximately 900,000 tonnes of municipal waste per annum - approximately 3% of the national total. This is expected to grow to more than one million tonnes in the future partially as a result of housing growth.
The eight North London authorities (NLWA and seven Boroughs) have agreed a joint municipal waste management strategy, which includes an ambition for 50% of North London's waste to be recycled and a significant reduction of waste that goes to landfill.
The NLWA is undertaking a competitive procurement process for waste services. This will shape the way in which it disposes of waste on behalf of the seven north London boroughs over the next 25 to 35 years. This procurement process includes the need for the Authority to identify and procure sites for new waste facilities within the north London area.
One of the sites identified is Pinkham Way. The site was previously used for as a sewage treatment works in the 1960's (the former Friern Barnet Sewage Treatment Works), and has since been empty and derelict for many years.
The NLWA and London Borough of Barnet will prepare an outline planning application for submission to London Borough of Haringey in late spring 2011.
The planning application will be supported by a number of technical documents, including:
- Environmental Statement
- Transport Assessment
- Flood Risk Assessment
- Design & Access Statement
- Sustainability & Energy Assessment
- Health Impact Assessment
Once the planning application is submitted, the London Borough of Haringey will write to statutory consultees and neighbours to provide the opportunity for formal comment on the application.
A copy of the planning application will be made available on the NLWA and London Borough of Barnet's websites.