WCM News Update – May 2023

Project Status

WCM is pleased to advise that we have now successfully closed out a new multimillion pound funding package which will ensure the next phase of project development works is fully funded throughout 2023 and construction commencement through 2024.  WCM is also working hard behind the scenes on various workstreams, including the recruitment of key senior personnel, detailed engineering design, equipment procurement, progression of planning condition discharge and other associated pre-start work.

WCM is looking forwards to scheduling update events in summer 2023 as we progress toward construction start.

Legal Challenge Process

On 12th April 2023, WCM was advised by the Royal Courts of Justice that the legal challenge, raised by Friends of the Earth (FOE) and South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC), had been refused on all grounds with WCM also being awarded costs from both parties.  

In these circumstances, there is a right to a further ‘renewal’ appeal, within seven days, for the permission application to be heard verbally in the high court.  Both FOE and SLACC have chosen to follow this route, renewing a submission of all the original grounds.

WCM have been advised that the court has confirmed the 23rd May for the renewal hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice in London.  The process will take a day and the Judge will normally issue the judgement on the same day.