Response to the Draft North London Waste Plan with specific
As the London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden I wish to respond with
objections to the North London Waste Plan (NLWP) outline proposals for the
This is a site of importance for nature conservation and as such is unsuitable for
waste disposal, processing or storage and as such should be removed from the
The site has been vacant since 1963 and as such has established a rare ecological
sanctuary. Over half of the 6.5ha site is semi-mature arboreal coverage. Any use for
a waste facility would result in the loss of greenfield land.
Throughput of waste estimated at 40,000 tph pa is 20% below the previous version
of the plan and is significantly lower than throughput figures in other waste plans.
This makes the destruction of a site of important nature conservation of even more
concern than other potential sites.
Not a Brownfield site.
Pinkham Way is not “brownfield” or “Previously Developed Land” – because it falls
within the exclusions in the definition of these designations in both the London Plan
and the NPPF, i.e. it has been reclaimed by nature in the process of time and is now
part of the natural surroundings.
Sites and Areas
‘Sites’ are “safeguarded for waste use” ‘Areas’ on the other hand are not
safeguarded in the NLWP. It would be difficult to oppose a planning application for a
waste use if the site is already found ‘suitable’ for that use. By not “safeguarding it”
the planners are ensuring that it can be offered as a replacement site if there is a
wish to relocate an existing waste facility. A site that is not safeguarded would have
potential as a replacement site. To protect the site from development as a waste use
Pinkham Way must be removed from the draft plan altogether.
Needless to say that any development of the site would create a considerable long
term traffic pressure in an area of severe traffic congestion.
Pinkham Way is the only ecologically valuable site in the plan designated a SINC
and the only undeveloped open space. Such a site is protected by policies in the
NPPF, The London Plan and in all the 7 North London boroughs’ local plans. It
should not be included in this waste plan.
The loss of such an important ecological site in Barnet would be a reckless and
needless tragedy and result in a Waste Plan with less capacity than if other more
suitable sites were used.