Pathways for projects

This page is under construction; please bear with us.

If you've been redirected here from planlocal.org.uk and are looking for community energy downloads, you'll find them here. If you want to see the Planlocal films, open the Videos section below. 


This page is based on the Planlocal ‘programme’ that we developed to give communities the confidence, knowledge and ambition to achieve a low-carbon future for their area. It provided support to communities seeking to influence strategic planning in their area and undertake low-carbon initiatives. 

The PlanLoCaL website is now closed, but content from the programme is available in the sections below. Some are individual downloads, others are combined into a single PDF portfolio.

Many were first produced in 2011 but are still relevent now. 

User pathways

Once your group sets off on the path towards a low carbon or renewable energy project, getting people involved will be crucial.

You'll need to get your community thinking about energy and seeing the potential benefits of your project. You may want to encourage local residents to take part, or join your group as volunteers. Or you may be trying to involve people from your council, make links with local organisations and networks, and get local businesses on board. 

Below are some downloads that give advice and guidance on all of these processes.

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If you have a project which may be contentious, or on which you are keen to get input from a range of stakeholders, this section also explains how to run a community consultation in a constructive way to get the best results.

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Planning and facilitating events

An obvious way to get people from your community involved in your project is to hold public events: an energy day, a stall at a market or village fete, a film night, talks, or demonstrations, or a public consultations.

All events need careful planning. This section contains a range of resources to help you plan, promote or facilitate an event that pulls in the public and other stakeholders, is on-message and well-run. 

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Exercises

In this section you can find a series of exercises which will help you and your community or group in the development of your project.

They will take you from a starting point of looking at renewables and deciding which technology might be best for you, onto choosing where to site it, through deciding what type of structure would work for your group, before looking how to fund your project and what you might invest your profits in.

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Videos

An introduction to the technologies

Which technology is best for you?

Case studies

Managing a community project

Becoming legally recognised

Dealing with the planning system

Funding your project and reinvesting your profits.