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Waste Disposal: Planning Permission

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications for waste facility plants have been made in the last 12 months; how many of these have been approved; how many such proposals included (a) energy recovery, (b) recycling and (c) composting; how many landfill sites are in operation; and how many landfill sites have ceased to operate in the last 12 months. (291689)

Communities and Local Government collects statistics on the total number of planning applications made on county matters, but this is not broken down into type of proposed development. However, statistics are collected on the number of planning applications decided for waste facility plants. Applications approved in any particular year are not necessarily the same facilities for which applications were made in that year.

Information on the number of applications approved for the requested types of facilities for the period requested is set out in the following table:

England: July 2008 to June 2009


Total number of waste applications decided


Total number of waste applications granted


Of which:

Number of incineration with energy recovery


Anaerobic digestion




Material recovery/recycling





Communities and Local Government General Development Control Returns, CPS1/2

Information on the number of landfill sites is held by the Environment Agency. There are currently 484 operational landfill sites in England and Wales. 26 sites ceased to accept waste or started closure proceedings between September 2008 and 2009.