The minerals and waste team are part of Urban Vision, which is the joint venture between Capita, Salford City Council and Galiford Try, which was formed in 2005 to provide a range of property and technical services to the Council.
1.What is your team responsible for?
We provide both planning policy and development management support relating to minerals and waste developments. Our work ranges from helping local authorities to develop minerals and waste local plans, to assisting them in assessing minerals and waste planning applications and monitoring quarries and landfills to ensure conditions of planning permissions are met. As well as working for the ten Greater Manchester Authorities, we are currently working for North London Authorities, Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Bradford, North Yorkshire and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
2. Roughly how many people are in the minerals and waste team?
There are currently 5 team members: Carolyn Williams, Natalie Blackston, Philippa Lane, Hannah Sheldon-Jones and Jonathan Evans.
3. Describe a typical day in for the minerals and waste team
There is a large variety of work which takes us up and down the country meeting clients. This means that no two jobs are the same and we learn a lot about each of the geographical areas we work in and the issues they face in planning for minerals and waste.
We often get to see waste and minerals plans through from start to finish, from conception to adoption which is rewarding. Also, a lot of our work is collaborative and it is interesting to work so closely with clients, sharing ideas and learning about minerals and waste in their area.
4. What is the proudest moment for your team?
The introduction of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (2004) enabled groups of authorities to work jointly to produce a plan. Urban Vision managed the preparation of the first Joint Plan on behalf of the 10 Greater Manchester Authorities, known as the Greater Manchester Waste Plan.
Due to the groundbreaking nature of the project, a number of challenges had to be overcome and Urban Vision took an innovative approach in solving them. These challenges included successfully managing the aspirations of 10 authorities whilst at the same time overcoming public perceptions and concern to allocate sufficient sites to accommodate future waste facilities in Greater Manchester. In order to achieve a robust waste plan that was accepted by all councils and public, Urban Vision ensured full participation of all interested parties from the outset through a bespoke website, public events and raising public awareness.
Recently, we been helping the seven North London Authorities to prepare a Waste Plan and the plan is now at a fairly advanced stage of preparation. Our work has included helping the Authorities predict how much waste they will need to manage over the next 15 years, assessing potential places where new facilities could be located, devising and running public events, and a lot more besides. Working with seven authorities to produce a single plan has not been without its challenges but we have used our previous experience of working with the Greater Manchester Authorities to help us.
5. Tell us something that people may not know about the minerals and waste team
The team was originally established in 1986, following the abolition of the Greater Manchester Council, and provided a county wide minerals and waste support for the authorities. In 2007, the team became part of Urban Vision and since that time, we have used our unique understanding of Local Authority Minerals and waste Planning to provide services to authorities the length and breadth of the Country. The team is also experienced in private sector work and also offer support in community engagement , Duty to Cooperate and support at Local Plan Examinations and Planning Appeals.