Decision details

Development Panel - FUL/2019/0187 - Energy Coast Laundry, Joseph Noble Road, Workington - Retrospective application for change of use from car sales to industrial laundry

Decision Maker: Development Panel

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




Marianne Birkby of Radiation Free Lakeland, spoke against the application


The agent, Jason Robinson spoke in support of the application




The report recommended granting permission subject to conditions.


The Senior Planning Officer introduced the item and then went through the main issues as detailed in the report.


Principle of Development


The principle of a B2 - General Industrial use at this location is considered to be acceptable.


Pollution Control


The site is the subject of an Environmental Permit issued by the Environment Agency which regulates emissions from the site.

Having regard to the technical advice from statutory and non-statutory consultees, no concerns have been raised in relation to any risks posed to environmental quality or human health.




Lillyhall is allocated as a strategic employment site for B1, B2 and B8 uses within the settlement hierarchy. It is therefore established by the adopted Local Plan Part 1 that this is a ‘sustainable’ location for new business. Moving the business to Lillyhall rather that Sellafield may also alleviate traffic congestion.


Members noted the representations received in respect of the application, the main grounds of which were set out in the report.


Questions were asked of the officers and debate followed relating to waste water, and the process and procedures in place to ensure the safe running of the facility. It was also clarified to members that the part of Sellafield’s strategic vision is to move facilities such as this away from the main site.


Councillor Smith moved to grant permission subject to conditions, as per the officer’s recommendation.


The motion was seconded by Councillor Lister


A vote was taken on the motion to approve, 9 voted in favour, 2 voted against with 0 abstentions.


The motion was carried.




Permission granted subject to conditions as per officers recommendations.




1. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out solely in

accordance with the following plans:


DRW 01 Existing Plans & Elevations

Floor Plan

Location Plan


Reason: In order to ensure that the development is carried out in complete

accordance with the approved plans and any material and





Report author: Susan Hanley

Publication date: 02/10/2019

Date of decision: 01/10/2019

Decided at meeting: 01/10/2019 - Development Panel

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