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Planning delays could thwart waste spend

PLANNING DELAYS could undermine government attempts to pump £465M extra cash into waste disposal facilities between now and 2008, the waste disposal industry warned this week.

More needs to be done to overcome public opposition to waste schemes if new money allocated in this week's comprehensive spending review is to be spent, said ICE waste board member and Biffa Waste Services director, Peter Jones.

Chancellor Gordon Brown this week committed an extra £155M per year to waste facilities by 2007/08.

The money will be available to local authorities in the form of private finance credits.

Getting planning permission for new waste disposal facilities remains difficult, as highlighted by the ICE in this year's State of the Nation report, and the extra money will not tackle this (NCE 17 June).

'The extra funding equates to an additional 1.5Mt of process capacity and it is a start, ' said Jones.

But he also said that five times more than this was needed if local government was to meet its waste disposal targets.

Bernadette Redfern

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