A 'planning for renewables' website for planners and councillors in England
The Planning Renewables website was created in 2006 with the aim of supporting local authority planning committees who, at the time, were dealing with increasing numbers of planning applications for wind farms, biomass plants and other renewable energy developments.
The demand for such a website had been voiced in the feedback from more than 1,000 attendees to an on-going series of workshops on renewable energy for councillors and planning officers provided by CSE during 2004 and 2005 as part of the government's 'It's Only Natural' campaign (click here for more details).
The original site was funded by the Department for Trade and Industry and quickly picked up a large following. In 2009 a new and improved site was developed by CSE in cooperation with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG)
As well as a redesign, the new site also featured a Resource Bank that linked to hundreds of documents and webpages across the renewable energy and policy and legislation sectors.
Traffic to the site after the redesign averaged around 1,000 visitors a month.