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Plans to develop a new district heating scheme, under the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point partnership are now one step closer to becoming a reality after the scheme was earmarked for up to £5m investment from the Homes and Communities Agency.
This new district heating scheme could serve new homes and businesses in the Monkerton, Pinhoe, Tithebarn Green and Exeter Science Park developments and is just one of 14 major sites nationally that will now proceed to a due diligence process with the HCA, to receive a share of its £474m Local Infrastructure Fund.
The Exeter and East Devon Growth Point partners involved in the scheme are celebrating that the Government has again recognised the potential of the area, and the work that has already taken place to help reduce carbon emissions and create energy efficient heat and power across Exeter and East Devon.
Once complete, the scheme will eventually heat 2,900 houses in Monkerton, Pinhoe and the Tithebarn Green development and will also serve Exeter Science Park. The system will work in the same way as the network already up and running for Cranbrook and Skypark, which will save 13,000 tonnes of CO2 per year - the equivalent of taking 5,200 cars from the road!
Following Cranbrook's example
Cllr Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council said: “We have shown at Cranbrook and Skypark that district heating is the way forward. Government has clearly recognised that and now this award from the LIF gives us an opportunity to build upon that success.”
Cllr Rachel Sutton, Exeter City Council Lead Councillor for Sustainable Development and Transport said: “It is so pleasing to see the success of the first projects at Cranbrook now being extended to other developments including the Science Park, confirming and reinforcing the environmental and economic benefits of the approach. It is partnership working at its best.”
Colin Molton, HCA Executive Director for the South and South West, said: “This is great news for Exeter and East Devon and further evidence of the Government’s commitments to support schemes that can meet its aspirations for housing and economic growth. “There is work to be done to finalise these bids, which we will look to complete as quickly as possible. We are really pleased that Exeter and East Devon are once again leading the way in turning ambitious plans for a stronger economy into reality.”
Jeremy Bungey, Head of Community Energy at E.ON, said: “The Growth Point and its partners across the region deserves real congratulations, not only for bringing the Cranbrook and Skypark developments off the drawing board and into a real, sustainable community, but also for looking to build on that success to help deliver more efficient and lower carbon energy sources elsewhere in the city.”
The pipe work and related infrastructure for the district heating scheme would be put in place in line with building progress on site, meaning that new homes and businesses can be ‘plumbed in’ to the network as they are being constructed.
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