Nenthead Mine Water Treatment Scheme - Project Timeline

Closes 31 Dec 2024

Opened 31 Dec 2021


What are the next steps for the Nenthead scheme?

During 2022 – share progress on the planning application and “detailed” design with the public and other stakeholders, and invite comments. It is unlikely that we will have more information to share with the public until spring/summer 2022. We expect to hold more than one meeting during 2022.

Late 2022/early 2023 – we hope to submit the planning application to Cumbria County Council. The council will formally consult stakeholders and give the public the opportunity to make comments on the application. The statutory time limit for a decision on this kind of planning application is normally 16 weeks unless an extended period is agreed with the applicant.

2023 – if planning permission is granted, we would then need to appoint a contractor to build the scheme. This process will take several months and a decision to proceed will depend on the budget allocated by Government.

2024 – The earliest date to start construction is spring 2024.


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