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

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.

Dates27 March 2015
LocationUniversity of Manchester ● Manchester


Please contact Isobel Bruun-Kiaer at Isobel.bruun-kiaer@tcpa.org.uk or on 0207 9308903 with any queries. 


Registration from 09.00 and Buffet Lunch from 13.30

Event brochure - click to see. 


Progressing local ambitions from a heat-mapped opportunity into a technically feasible and economically viable masterplan must take into account the spatial planning considerations for existing and future development. 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. 


This event is being held in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit (DECC HNDU) as part of the TCPA-led SPECIAL project (Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities In All Landscapes) funded by Intelligent Energy Europe. The SPECIAL project has enabled the TCPA to work with the DECC HNDU to build expertise and competencies on strengthening the links between spatial planning and energy to deliver district heating across local authorities in England. This event 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.

With experts from the public and third sector, this event will be interactive with opportunities for discussions, and will include workshops based on real-life cases that take into account local challenges and opportunities. The following topics will be covered:

  • High level ideas on the integration of decentralised energy and the planning system
  • What the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) mean for planning for district heating
  • Embedding visions for district heating into spatial local development documents and plans
  • What tools exist to help excellent masterplanning for heat networks?
  • Using planning to address economic viability and technical feasibility issues for district heating
  • Inspirational best practice in masterplanning for heat networks from other local authorities in the UK and across Europe


Who should attend?

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



09.30     Welcome and Introduction to the day, 
            Diane Smith, TCPA

09.35     HNDU and spatial planning: the DECC perspective
           DECC Heat Networks Delivery Unit

09.45     Integrating Planning and District Heating – Challenges, Opportunities and best practice from the SPECIAL project
            Hugh Ellis, TCPA

10.10     The Greater Manchester Context – Embedding visions for district heating into spatial local development documents and plans
             Jonathan Sadler and Julian Packer, Manchester City Council

10.40     Discussion, Questions and Answer Session

10.55     Refreshment Break

11.10     Masterplanning for heat networks
            tbc, London Borough

11.35     Using planning to address feasibility and viability issues for district heating
            Jane Forshaw, Cardiff Council

12.00     Discussion, Questions and Answer Session

12.10     Workshop: Integrating local planning and masterplanning for heat network

 13.00     Feedback from workshops and Discussion

13.30     Meeting closes and buffet lunch available  


For information or query please contact Isobel at Isobel.Bruun-Kiaer@tcpa.org.uk 

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