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Nuclear site planning changes

The Government has announced that it wants to change the planning rules surrounding whether an underground nuclear nuclear waste could be built in Cumbria.

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Communities to be represented by local authority

The Government has announced that it wants to change the planning rules surrounding whether an underground nuclear nuclear waste could be built in Cumbria.

The last search for a site came to and end in January after Cumbria County Councillors voted not to pursue the idea.

That was despite district councillors in Copeland and Allerdale wanting to continue the investigation into whether west Cumbria would be a suitable location.

The issue has now come back onto the agenda with a consultation being launched that could lead to Cumbria being looked at again.

"Throughout the revised process being consulted on, communities would be represented by the most local competent authority, (the District Council or unitary authority in England)."

– Government statement

Under the revised process it could be left up to district councils or unitary authorities to decide whether the area wants an underground store.

The Government wants to start a new selection process in 2014.

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