1. Albion Square

    Albion Square is the name of the development that is being built in Whitehaven, adjacent to the multi-storey car park. It is due for completion in 2014 and will provide office accommodation for up to 900 Sellafield workers.

  2. Foyer

    Foyers are projects for young people that provide “a springboard to independent living,training and work”. Based on a French model, Foyers in Britain tend to contain accommodation and a range of support facilities in one building.

  3. Public realm

    Public realm is defined as any publicly owned streets, pathways, right of ways, parks, publicly accessible open spaces and any public and civic building and facilities

Legal and licensing

  1. Local Land Charges Register A Local Land Charges Register is maintained by every local authority in England and Wales (with the exception of County Councils).

Environmental health

  1. Animal Boarding Establishment Act

    Under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, anyone wanting to board animals commercially must obtain a licence from their local council. The Act requires councils to ensure that the business in question observes certain conditions regarding the suitability of the accommodation provided and the welfare of the animals boarded. To assist councils in doing this the CIEH convened a working party of animal welfare and industry experts in the early 1990s to draw up some model licence conditions and guidance. Councils do not have to use the CIEH model licence conditions but many of them do.

Waste and recycling

  1. Household Waste Recycling Centres

    A Household Waste Recycling Centre is a large waste and recycling collection centre, operated by Cumbria County Council. To find out more information about opening times and location, please click here.

    PLEASE NOTE: Waste Recycling Centre's are the County Councils responsibility. Copeland Borough Council are not responsible for Waste Recycling Centres. Please contact the following for further information: 


Council tax

  1. Under lease

    If you are a tenant of a building you may lease part of the building to someone else - this would be an under lease.


  1. council tax reduction scheme

    As part of Welfare Reform, from 1st April 2013, the Government abolished Council Tax Benefit and replaced it with a new local financial support scheme, called Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS).

Energy and nuclear

  1. Biofuels

    Fuels produced from organic matter that can be replanted or replenished, for example sugar beet, and gases from sewerage and water treatment.

  2. National Grid

    The high-voltage electric power transmission network in Great Britain.

  3. Carbon footprint

    The amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere because of the electricity and fuel you use.

  4. Nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP)

    Any large-scale development such as a new harbour, a new power station power generating stations (including wind farms), and electricity transmission lines.

  5. CO2 emissions

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) gas that is given off when we burn oil, gas or coal to make energy.

  6. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)

    Government organisation set up in 2005 to decommission 19 nuclear power plants across the UK.

  7. DECC

    Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK government department.

  8. Planning Inspectorate

    A division of the UK Government’s Department of Communities and Local Government. Responsible for assessing and approving nationally significant infrastructure projects (NISPs).

  9. Decommissioning

    Taking a former nuclear site out of service, decontaminating and restoring it to a state where it can be used for something else.

  10. Planning performance agreement (PPA)

    An agreement between a local planning authority and an applicant for a specific development proposal.

  11. Development consent order (DCO)

    Issued when a government minister approves that a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) may go ahead.  This will combine a grant of planning permission with a range of other separate consents, such as listed building consent.

  12. Renewable energy

    Energy that comes from resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished.

  13. Environmental impact assessment (EIA)

    An assessment of the possible positive or negative impact that a proposed project may have on the local environment, including social and economic impact.

  14. Local supply chain

    A system of organisations, people, technology, activities, information and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer.

  15. Fossil fuels

    Fuels such as coal, oil and gas formed by the decomposition of prehistoric plants and animals.

  16. West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership (MRWS)

    A group of local organisations considering the issues of disposing safely of UK's higher activity radioactive waste.

  17. Geological disposal facility (GDF)

    A safe underground area where radioactive waste is stored and monitored.


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