Renewable Energy and Sustainable Construction Study for Teignbridge District Council
Devon district seeks evidence to underpin planning policies
Project duration: March 2010 to December 2010
Teignbridge District Council appointed CSE to investigate the potential for renewable energy and sustainable construction in its varied and beautiful area of South Devon.
Our role was to provide evidence on which the council could base the energy-related policies that would eventually go into its Local Plan – a planning policy document all local authorities are legally required to produce to meet national planning requirements. (In 2010, when this work was done, the Local Plan was known as a Local Development Framework, and included a supplement on Planning and Climate Change referred to as PPS1.)
CSE's Martin Holley headed up the team of six. “Our aim is to provide Teignbridge with the information it needs to contribute fully to the UK’s carbon reduction targets.
"We’ll assess the district’s renewable energy strengths and weaknesses – its wind resource, biomass and solar potential – and match this against current and future energy demand. We’ll also look at how the council’s own planning policies can encourage or enforce low-carbon developments," he said.
Like these, the Teignbridge study benefited from the depth of geographical analysis and mapping capability that CSE brings and which goes beyond that of the standard desk-based study. In particular, we will used our expertise in heatmapping (see National Heatmap) to identify potential sites for district- or community-heating networks in Teignbridge.
Image, Derek Harper, reproduced under Creative Commons