PlanLoCaL brings communities together at energyshare event

Channel 4’s ‘River Cottage’ hosts the PlanLoCaL model

2 June 2011

A ‘yurt’ was the latest location to play host to the PlanLoCaL model, as it became the focus of two workshops which took place during May held as part of an ‘energyshare day’.

The event took place at Park Farm – home of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘River Cottage’ in Devon. It included a series of presentations and workshops aimed at promoting and supporting community energy projects. Dozens of delegates from groups across the country came along to take part.

CSE’s Louise Rutterford ran two of the workshops which looked at planning considerations for renewable energy projects.

Louise said: “Despite the drizzle, the day was great with lots of really active and motivated communities ready to learn more, as well as wanting to share their own knowledge and experience with others. The PlanLoCaL model looked at home in the yurt, despite having to fit around a woodburner, with delegates able to take a rest on straw bales covered in animal skins. Alongside looking at the planning considerations, we also discussed the technical feasibility and how to work with the wider community.”

The event was also an opportunity to promote the support available through the wider PlanLoCaL project, and several groups have already used the resource pack and fed back on its usefulness – particularly in helping groups to develop energy plans with the support of the wider community.

energyshare is a British Gas-backed project from River Cottage which aims to bring together people, communities, organisations and the media to encourage community energy projects.

To find out more about energyshare, visit their website.

Find out more about the PlanLoCaL model and the project, visit the website here.

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