Public quizzed on rubbish

WEST Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are launching a public consultation about how they should plan for the management of the county’s waste in the future.

The draft West Sussex Waste Local Plan, which is published for public consultation on May 30, identifies the amount of waste that will need to be managed up to 2031 and sets out the best possible sites for new facilities.

Its aim is to help protect communities, the environment, the economy and the special character of West Sussex by providing a firm basis for making consistent land-use planning decisions.

The plan also encourages the provision of new modern methods of dealing with waste and reducing reliance on landfill.

The draft plan sets out seven key waste site allocations that could be suitable for new waste facilities to deal with the county’s future waste management requirements.

The sites are:

North of the wastewater treatment works at Ford

Hobbs Barn, near Climping.

The fuel depot at Bognor Road, Chichester.

Brookhurst Wood, near Warnham.

Land west of the wastewater treatment works at Goddard Green.

Decoy Farm, Worthing.

An extension to Brookhurst Wood landfill, near Horsham

These extra sites are required because it is estimated that by 2031 there will be an extra 500,000 tonnes a year of commercial and industrial and construction and demolition waste generated in the county, and also to accommodate new technologies.

The draft plan sets out a vision and strategic objectives for sustainable waste management in West Sussex.

It also sets out various policies to achieve strategic waste management objectives and policies to ensure there will be no unacceptable harm to the environment, economy or local communities.

West Sussex County Council’s Deputy Leader Lionel Barnard, who is responsible for waste matters, said: “Before we finalise this plan we want to find out what communities, businesses and other stakeholders think about the plan and whether it offers the best solution for waste management in the future.

“In particular we want to know whether people agree that the draft Plan is realistic and will meet the vision and objectives that we have set out.”

Tim Slaney, Director of Planning for the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “We’ve worked closely with West Sussex County Council to get the right tools in place to protect the landscape, environment and communities of the National Park.

“This plan will help to guide major waste developments away from protected landscapes and is rightfully ambitious in its drive to achieve ‘zero waste to landfill by 2031’.”

The consultation will close on Friday, July 27. People can respond via the online form available at, by email to or by posting paper forms to Strategic Planning (Ref: Waste Local Plan), West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RH.