A renewable energy strategy for Stroud council
2 December 2019
In 2018 Stroud District Council pledged to go carbon neutral by 2030, a bold ambition that includes moving from a reliance on fossil fuels to an energy policy based on renewables, energy efficiency and demand reduction.
To make this happen, the council commissioned CSE and Land Use Consultants to research local renewable energy capacity, in particular to understand Stroud’s generating potential and to provide a technical evidence base to underpin planning policy.
The work, led by Martin Holley, built on our understanding of the current context for renewable energy and planning policy in the Gloucestershire, much of it gained through producing the county’s Sustainable Energy Strategy in 2018. (Click here for details of this, and our hosting of the first county-wide Climate Change conference that supported authorities moving forward on carbon neutral targets.)
The Stroud study includes scenarios for renewable energy generation deployment up to 2040, including options for new development sites, plus ‘opportunity maps’ to indicate the spatial distribution of resources and their constraints. Recommendations are also made on policy considerations for the draft Local Plan which goes to public consulation in December 2019.