Efficiencies Programme Outputs

By 29/09/2015 Reports

Planning advice for new build flats

London has a current target to recycle and compost 50% of household collected waste by 2020, as reflected in the Mayor of London’s Municipal Waste Management Strategy  and the London Plan. Currently, around 50% of London’s residents live in some form of flatted property, which can be a barrier in local authorities meeting recycling targets, often due to poorly designed waste management systems.

The Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan projects that population growth will rise beyond that predicted in the 2011 London Plan, requiring an additional 1,000,000 households by 2036. It is likely that a large number of the required new homes will be medium to high density developments.  A working group comprising members of the London Environment Directors Network (LEDNET), the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and London local authority waste officers identified a need for planning guidance for local authorities and the industry on how to effectively plan and design suitable storage and collection systems for waste and recycling from flatted properties.

LWARB and LEDNET commissioned a consultancy partnership formed by BPP Consulting LLP and SOENECS Ltd (SOENECS & BPP) to develop waste management planning advice for flatted properties. The overall requirement was to prepare a template policy or policies on planning for waste and recycling storage and collection in new build flatted properties, with the ultimate aim of encouraging the design of waste management that will help London achieve its recycling gargets.

The conclusions of this work are available in the project report and include:

  • A template waste management strategy for developers to complete at pre-application stage – with the aim that they have considered how waste and recycling is managed from within the resident’s home to disposal:
  • A template waste management policy – to be adopted by all London boroughs
  • Case studies UK and International examples of waste management in high rise buildings

Waste management planning advice for flatted properties
Template waste management strategy
LWARB LEDNET Template planning policy
Final report – Waste Management Planning Advice for Flatted Properties
Blank template waste management strategy final