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Title: Integration and waste planning : the role and scope of the new spatial planning regime
Author: Ackers, Stephen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2733 6970
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2012
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The significance and complexity of waste planning and waste management in England has increased since the introduction of EU legislation, which required Member States to divert increasing proportions of Municipal Solid Waste away from landfill. The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (amended 2008) which includes waste planning, was intended to re-invigorate the plan making process and introduced the notion of spatial planning. This new spatial plan making regime was intended to go beyond traditional planning practices and establish a fairer, faster and more flexible spatial planning process which addressed the particular needs and concerns of distinctive places. The aim of this research was to critically explore waste planning at the local level and determine the effectiveness of the new spatial plan making regime in facilitating vertical, horizontal and stakeholder integration. A survey of all Waste Planning Authorities was conducted to establish the current context of waste planning and waste management and establish a typology of practice based on varying degrees of collaborative practice in waste plan and waste strategy production. Four detailed case study areas reflecting different forms of collaborative practice were examined to determine the relative strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to waste planning. The case studies were: Sheffield; Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham; Hull and East Riding; and North Yorkshire and York. The research demonstrated the strength of vertical and horizontal policy integration during waste plan making in all typologies of practice and found the effectiveness of cross boundary working to be relatively limited, reflecting a micro approach to waste plan making and infrastructure development. Stakeholder integration was also found to be mixed with private stakeholder integration being strong while public consultation, in some instances, failed to capture the imagination of the public or demonstrate the relevance of the waste planning framework on residents' lives. Research also revealed the airing of policy grievances was being restricted by a lack of transparency during waste plan making and the complexity of the new spatial plan making regime. Although there were strengths and weaknesses to each typology of practice, collaboration in the production of a Joint Waste Plan alongside either a Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy or individual authority Municipal Waste Management Strategy, was found to represent better practice. Alternatively, collaboration in the production of a Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy alongside an individual authority waste planning framework was found to provide a disjointed approach to waste plan production and infrastructure delivery.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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