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Manchester: Delivering Community Renewable Energy Projects through the Planning System

This free event focuses on improving understanding of planning policy and delivery issues to support local leadership in decision-making on community renewable energy projects, and access to case studies.

Dates26 March 2015
LocationUniversity of Manchester ● Simon Building, Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL

Timings: 13:00 to 16:00 (12:30 registration and light lunch)
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Community energy has an important role to play inincreasing domestic low-carbon energy generation and in encouraging reduced energy demand, however, the general level of awareness of the link between spatial planning and community renewable energy deployment remains low. Planners, communities and politicians are all key players in the planning process, and embedding effective policy in local plans supported by an understanding of the concepts of community ownership is an important step forward  that local authorities can take.

The planning process is a key gateway through which community renewables projects need to pass. However, barriers still exist for community led projects related to the availability of technical support, and the priority afforded to community energy projects in plan making and decisions. To help fulfil the Government’s ambitions in the Community Energy Strategy (recently updated on the 19 March with links to planning), these workshops provide training to support the delivery of community renewable energy projects through planning. The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) are delivering two planning events for local authority planners, officers and elected members in Manchester and London (30 March). The events also form part of the delivery of the European project SPECIAL (Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities in All Landscapes) on training and capacity-building. 

Current confirmed speakers include:

  • Diane Smith and Michael Chang, TCPA
  • Dan Nicholls, Cornwall Council
  • John Quinton-Barber, Social Communications
  • Gill Fenna, Quantum Strategy & Technology Ltd
  • Ian Manders, Danish Trade Council


Who should attend? Local authority planners and elected members, plus officers from strategically linked departments dealing with matters such as climate change, energy, regeneration, community engagement and housing. 

Please note This event is free to attend, however, if you can no longer make it please let us know or a replacement to attend in your place, no later than a week before. 

For more information please contact Michael Chang on Michael.Chang@tcpa.org.uk 0207 930 8903.


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