In May 2018, Stephenson Halliday submitted an application for an additional facility at the Hespin Wood Waste Management Park to enable Cumbria Waste Management to produce refuse-derived fuel.

The application was subject to significant opposition from local community members who were concerned about the fuel produced at the facility being used locally. An energy-from-waste plant application had been approved. In response at a planning committee meeting, we outlined how the application was only for producing the material and not for its final use, which could be anywhere. The processing of waste to produce a fuel moves the management of this waste up the waste hierarchy, as otherwise, it would end up in landfill. The council agreed and planning permission was granted in October 2018.