Winter sun over Ullock Pike copyright Michael Turner

Geological Disposal Facilities

Between 2009 and 2013 Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council, and Cumbria County Council were in discussions with the Government about potentially hosting a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). We were one of the members of the partnership which gathered and considered information about the facility and the process.

In January 2013 the decision was taken by Cumbria County Council to not proceed with investigations for a Geological Disposal Facility in West Cumbria, and the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely process came to an end.

In spring 2018 Government undertook two consultations on Working with communities - implementing geological disposal, and a National Policy Statement for geological disposal infrastructure.

Read our responses:

    31 August, 2018

    Hanna Latty, Team Leader Strategy and Planning Policy, Lake District National Park Authority, said:

    “It is our conclusion that, as a National Park, the Lake District is wholly inappropriate to be considered for storage of nuclear waste.

    “The Lake District National Park has submitted a response to the two Government consultations. We believe that as National Parks are national assets, they have national communities, and therefore there is not one single local community that can represent the National Park, as per the current definition.”

  • Consultation response to Working With Communities consultation (pdf)
  • Consultation response to National Policy Statement for geological disposal (pdf)

Our previous responses to consultations

More information

Please go to the Allerdale  and Copeland Working in Partnership sites (opens in new window) for more details.