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National Planning Framework for Scotland




141. The targets set by the National Waste Plan necessitate substantial investment in new recycling, composting and energy from waste facilities, and a greater recognition of the potential to turn waste into an economic resource. SEPA has identified indicative locational requirements for the period to 2013 (see Map 20). In the Central Belt Market Area, comprising Ayrshire, Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, Stirling and the Forth Valley and Edinburgh and the Lothians, local authorities will have to work closely together to ensure that facilities are sited in appropriate locations, to identify the most sustainable transport options, and to avoid duplication and achieve economies of scale. Relevant considerations in the siting of facilities will include the proximity principle and their relationship to the transport network and remaining landfill sites. Modern treatment and transfer centres are contained facilities which can be accommodated on industrial estates. Where possible, they should be located close to the population centres they serve. They should be linked to landfill sites in a "hub and spoke" arrangement, where possible by rail.



142. The renewal of water and wastewater infrastructure will involve substantial investment over a period of years. It is therefore important to ensure that Scottish Water's long-term investment programme is based on a thorough assessment of needs, including the Executive's priorities for economic development and area regeneration, and is balanced and affordable in terms of water charges. The investment programme for the period beyond 2006 is currently being formulated. Development needs are being addressed as part of this work and local authorities and development interests are closely involved in the process. The Executive is giving consideration to whether approaches to accommodating new development adopted in other utilities may help to inform arrangements for the water industry.