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County council seeks to protect prized Surrey countryside while meeting waste plan duty

Surrey County Council is seeking to protect prized countryside while fulfilling its legal duty to identify possible land for waste facilities.

Residents are being urged to have their say on a 15-year draft waste local plan which aims to ensure that facilities needed in future to deal with business, household and demolition waste are in the right places and kept away from valued Surrey landscapes.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We have a legal duty to identify potential locations for facilities to deal with Surrey’s waste but in doing that we’ve worked hard to protect our county’s beautiful countryside as far as we possibly can.

“All the possible sites we’ve chosen have already been used to process waste or are next to existing waste sites and all have good connections to major roads or railways to minimise traffic on country roads. We’ve built on our earlier waste local plan which was formally agreed in 2008 – and all but one of the sites already feature in that plan.

“The plan will prevent waste facilities encroaching on Surrey’s most treasured landscapes and nature reserves and protect the openness of the countryside as much as possible. 

“Our aim is for waste to be managed with as little impact as possible on residents’ lives and the environment and we now want to know what people think of what we’re suggesting.

“There aren’t yet any specific proposals for waste facilities and any that are put forward would first have to get planning permission – guided by what’s laid down in our plan.”

The consultation on the draft waste local plan, which runs until 7 February 2018, is available here.

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