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Special - Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities in All Landscapes Town and Country Planning Association European Union

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Mar 2015

Planning for district heating: masterplanning, technical feasibility and economic viability

When: 27 March 2015

Where: University of Manchester, Simon Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

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This half day event focuses on how spatial planning can help to embed district heating strategies and visions into local plans and prioritise specific heat networks for delivery.

Heat networks constitute ‘development’ under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and masterplanning for heat networks, using spatial planning through Local Plans, can help bring decentralised energy projects forward. To achieve this, it is important to build capacity within local authorities to interpret planning guidance for the local context and to secure planning policies that encourage, and, where appropriate, require district heating in new developments.

With speakers including experts from the public and third sector, this interactive seminar will be delivered by Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) with support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit (DECC HNDU), and will provide the opportunity to learn from the existing successes and experiences of local authorities receiving HNDU funding, as well as good practice from Europe.

The event is open to all those involved in the practical aspects of planning and delivering heat networks, particularly planners, local authority officers involved in planning, energy, sustainable development, and elected members with energy or planning and development responsibilities.

This is a free event but booking is essential.  Click here to book.