By adopting a strategic approach to community ownership of energy assets we aim to maximize benefits to our communities while minimizing visual and other negative impacts.
By consulting with communities, involving them in the design process and choice of technologies and working with planning authorities from the start, we will ensure that planning applications have broad acceptance by the community before a planning application is submitted.
Consultations will be based on a system developed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) called Future Energy Landscapes (FEL). These consultations will normally be carried out by local volunteer groups or by Parish Councils.
Consultations will take place at parish or neighbourhood level and will initially be conducted with a team of selected volunteers representative of a cross section of the population. Taking into account current energy consumption, constraints of landscape and heritage, and perceived future development, the team will design a draft Neighbourhood Energy Plan comprising a number of projects, not necessarily confined to renewable energy,
By focusing on medium to small scale projects we will not only maximize the potential for renewable energy generation but will spread the benefit to residents and minimize impact on local valued landscapes and heitage.
The draft plan will then be disseminated and discussed by the community at large and with Local Authority planners before the plan is finalised. Once agreement is reached an implementation programme will be worked out.
Implementation will be the responsibility of our partner Community Interest Company, Community Energy Craven who will conduct a feasibility study as the basis of a business plan, encompassing one or many projects. Funds will be raised through a public share offer.