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Faster implementation of District Heating Networks planned in East Devon’s West End is being facilitated by the council. (Too much management speak for Owl).

Order aims to speed up East Devon’s District Heating Networks

Daniel Clark  www.devonlive.com 

East Devon District Council’s Development Management Committee on Tuesday morning unanimously agreed to go out to consultation on a draft Local Development Order (LDO) for District Heating Networks.

The LDO will reduce the regulatory processes and delays associated with the submission of planning applications and facilitate faster implementation of the District Heating networks, councillors were told.

Already the Skypark Energy Centre provides hot water and heating to housing in Cranbrook and commercial buildings at Skypark as well as a private wire to the Lidl distribution centre, while the Monkerton Energy Centre is in the process of being commissioned and will provide hot water and heating to housing around Monkerton and Pinhoe and also commercial buildings at the Science Park.

Frances Wadsley, Project Manager Simplified Planning, in her report to the meeting said that decentralised heating systems result in significantly lower carbon emissions than conventional heating systems, helping to achieve sustainable development and resulting in a positive impact on climate change.

She added: “District Heating networks are an essential part of East Devon’s plan to facilitate more sustainable forms of energy consumption. As well as decreasing carbon emissions they reduce heating bills for both domestic and commercial customers.

“The LDO is seen as an effective tool for simplifying and speeding up the planning process. It is a proactive approach to planning which provides certainty and clarity to developers and landowners and supports the objectives of the Enterprise Zone

“A Local Development Order will enable simpler and faster implementation of the decentralised heating systems which are currently being delivered within East Devon’s West End.”

Chris Rose, the council’s development manager, added that the LDO would remove the need for developers to apply for planning permission for the installation of pipes, cables and wires, heat exchange equipment and ancillary engineering works, provided the development complies with the limitations and conditions set out in the Order.

Cllr Helen Parr proposed that they approve going out to consultation on the LDO, saying: “This will assist us in a key aim of the council plan to be carbon neutral by 2040.”

Statutory consultation on the LDO will now be carried out with a report on the revised draft of the LDO, following any representations received, will be presented to the Development Management Committee and then sent for Adoption of the LDO by the Full Council