Consultation and Examination in Public on our plan
Our draft plan was available for public consultation from 14 May 2013 to 6 August 2013 and showed a forecast supply-demand deficit in West Cumbria. We identified the Thirlmere transfer as our preferred alternative source of water for West Cumbria within a revised draft Plan published in November 2013. This took into account the feedback and views from the consultation process on the draft plan, which we summarised in a Statement of Response.
On 2 April 2014, we were notified that the Secretary of State had decided to exercise his power to call for an inquiry or other hearing in connection with our 2013 revised draft Water Resources Management Plan. This resulted in an examination in public on our plan, chaired by the an independent Planning Inspector.
On 9 December 2014, the Secretary of State issued her decision to accept the conclusions and recommendations in the Inspector’s report. The Secretary of State directed us to make changes to our revised draft plan. This did not result in changes to the Thirlmere transfer scheme as the preferred alternative source of water for West Cumbria. The 2015 revised draft Water Resources Management Plan has since been approved by the Secretary of State, and has now been adopted as the Final Water Resources Management Plan, formally replacing our Associated 2009 Water Resources Management Plan.
West Cumbria water supply project (Thirlmere transfer scheme)
The Thirlmere transfer is our preferred alternative source of water for West Cumbria and we are now busy delivering this project in-line with our WRMP.