Cumbria Environmental University Project
Proposed Environmental University, Eco-Village Campus, Forest Park, Organic Farm and Visitor Centre
Creates both a Sustainable Community and a Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Rural Construction


Allerdale Borough Council are acquiring the former RNAD (Royal Naval Armaments Depot) site at Broughton Moor, between Cockermouth and Maryport, from the the Ministry of Defence. They seek proposals to 'Develop a World Class Site'. This proposal is to self-build an eco-village and environmental university as a sustainable community on this unique 1050 acre site. It would bring in over £200 million in private investment, create 1000 jobs, and house 3000 students.

The Main Points of the proposal are:
  • The Egan Report says local government should focus on building sustainable communities.
  • Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Construction are needed for this -- CEU is just that.
  • Cumbria has long wanted its own university and already done a lot of groundwork.
  • Derwent Forest, a brownfield site, is available and would be an ideal university campus.
  • Cumbria needs investment in education and infrastructure, especially in the NW.
  • The Lake District has a unique, strong environmental association -- world-wide.
  • Sir Brian Fender's HE Report* says Cumbria needs a university, but offers no funding.
  • A report from Warwick University** says future universities must be privately funded.
  • A £100 million package is available to fund this eco-campus as a co-housing development.
  • Fulfils Lord Dale Campbell-Savours vision, an environmental University of the Lakes.
  • An Environmental University is unique, innovative - a perfect match with Cumbria

Download the CEU Proposal: as an MS Word File (.doc - 3.9Mb), or as a Portable Document (.pdf - 2.9Mb)

Download our 1-page flyer (.doc - 716Kb), and 2 page overview brochure (.doc)

Proposal appendices Downloadable copies of documents mentioned in the proposal appendix.

Background Documents and Version History Documents and papers that led up to the CEU proposal.

Browse The Pictures The Derwent Forest Partnership Development Guide CD included beautiful aerial views of Cumbria and the site. You can also download all these pictures (as a 15.5Mb Zip File)

Download the Derwent Forest Development Guide - issued by the Derwent Forest Partnership. Our proposal responds to their November 2003 call for Letters of Interest. (.pdf - 3Mb)
CEU In The News

Luxury Hotel, Zoo and University Plans for Ex-Arms Depot
West Cumberland Times and Star, 12 March 2004.
Announcing 14 projects shortlisted for development including 2 universities. pdf

Derwent Forest a Step Nearer
Cumbria County Council Press release, 24 Feb 2004.
Cumbria County Council announces it will handle the site reclamation work. pdf

Nine Bids To Develop Arms Depot Site
West Cumberland Times and Star, 18 Feb 2004.
Announcing there are 9 responses to Allerdale Borough Council's call for project proposals for Derwent Forest. pdf

Road and Dump Schemes Get Government Boost (pdf)
West Cumberland Times and Star, 18 Dec 2003
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott visits Broughton Moor and is amazed by the potential.

Eco-Campus Plans for Arms Depot (pdf)
West Cumberland Times and Star, 11 Apr 2003.
Historic, first ever Press Interview about Environmental University proposal.