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Strategic Planning Agreement for Proposed Development Activity at Sellafield

In September 2012 Cabinet signed a Strategic Planning Agreement (SPA) with Sellafield, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Copeland Borough Council (CBC) in relation to proposed development activity at the Sellafield Site. This included a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA), and gave delegation to negotiate on a Community Benefits Package to accompany the development projects.
The County Council are being asked to agree a supplemental agreement which recognises the unique and integral role that Cumbria County Council and CBC play in the delivery of the UK’s programme of nuclear decommissioning, clean up and waste management at Sellafield. It recognises the complexities this places upon the local authorities in supporting the NDA in progressing and delivering these complexities at Sellafield.
Cabinet are being asked to agree the final negotiated supplemental agreement to the SPA and delegate authority to sign this to the Corporate Director – Environment & Community Services, in consultation with the Leader and relevant Portfolio Holder.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/07/2015

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
This is an urgent item because the building of the new school on the Whitehaven Education Campus cannot proceed until all the funding is in place. Cabinet needs to give authority to sign the SPA agreement in order for that element of the funding package to be drawn down.

Anticipated restriction: Private  - View reasons

Decision due: 4 Jun 2015 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property

Lead director: Executive Director - Economy and Infrastructure

Department: Economy and Infrastructure

Contact: Dominic Donnini, Executive Director - Economy and Infrastructure Email: Tel: 01228 226260.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee / Advisory Board: Communities & Place


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