District Heat Mapping and Energy Masterplanning

What is district heating?

District heating (also known as heat networking) entails heat being supplied from a local decentralised source directly to homes and businesses through a network of pipelines carrying hot water. This means that households and businesses do not need to generate their own heat or use the National Grid as their primary heating source. District heating can reduce carbon emissions and benefit residents and businesses through cheaper heating and greater security of supply. Where Combined Heat Power (CHP) is used, electricity can also be supplied at reduced cost.

District heating priority areas

The Stratford-on-Avon District Heat Mapping and Energy Masterplanning Study explored the opportunities for district heating/heat networks in the District and identified district heating priority areas.

This study informs Policy CS.3 (Sustainable Energy) in the Core Strategy. This policy requires all new developments in district heating priority areas to incorporate infrastructure for district heating, and to connect to existing systems where and when they are available (unless it is demonstrated that this would render development unviable).

The identified district heating priority areas are:

  • The Canal Quarter - Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Bridgeway - Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Alcester Road/Hospital - Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath

Policy outside of the priority areas

We also encourage developers to incorporate infrastructure for district heating outside of these priority areas, and schemes will be expected to connect to any existing suitable systems.

A Heat Mapping and Energy Masterplanning Study has been produced for the Atherstone Airfield Core Strategy Site Allocation SUA.4. At present it is not identified as a district priority heating area, although this may change if more energy-intensive uses are located on the site in the future.

Find Out More

We are currently preparing a Development Requirements Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which will include further guidance on district heating schemes and the Council's Sustainable Energy policy requirements.

You may also be interested in our renewable and sustainable energy technical evidence page.

For further information: please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260333 or email planning.policy@stratford-dc.gov.uk.

Last updated on 13/08/2018

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