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December 12 General Election

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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).

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: 



  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. Development consent order (DCO)

    A consent by a Minister for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) will take the form of a ‘development consent order This will combine a grant of planning permission with a range of other separate consents, such as listed building consent.

    A development consent order can include rights to compulsorily purchase land. There are also special procedures relating to cases such as commons, National Trust land, and land protected under the Green Belt (London & Home Counties) Act 1938.

  2. Gigawatt (GW)

    A unit of electricity equal to one billion (109) watts.

  3. Biofuels

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

  4. Carbon footprint

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

  5. CO2 emissions

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

  6. DECC

    Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK government department.

  7. 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.

  8. Decommissioning

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

  9. Fossil fuels

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

  10. National Grid

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

  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. Geological disposal facility (GDF)

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

  13. 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.

  14. Green deal

    UK government initiative that aims to enable households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

  15. Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)

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

  16. Fossil fuels

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

  17. 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).

  18. Greenhouse gas

    A gas, such as carbon dioxide or methane, that traps the sun’s heat and contributes to global warming.

  19. Planning performance agreement (PPA)

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


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