The PlanLoCaL website and resource pack offers effective tools for communities embarking on low-carbon projects

May 25th, 2011 by Centre for Sustainable Energy

(Click on the image to go to the PlanLoCal website)

A new website and resource pack aimed at helping communities to influence local planning policy and contribute to a low-carbon future, has been produced by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE).

Called PlanLoCaL, or ‘planning for low-carbon living’, the project includes a website which is full of useful information and downloads for UK communities and groups who are investigating energy projects or who are looking to become a low carbon community.

Accompanying the website is a handy resource pack folder which includes exercises for groups investigating schemes, details on how to set up as a group, information on how to consult with the community, and much more.

PlanLoCaL resource pack folder available (click image to expand)

Both the website and resource pack include a suite of 49 instructional films and case studies aimed at helping people through the various processes. These cover a huge range of topics, from the basics of introducing the different renewable energy technologies, through to project management, funding, dealing with planning, consulting with the community and heritage issues.

You can also see case studies of 11 communities that have successfully got renewable energy projects off the ground and, in some cases, are generating cash to be ploughed back into other neighbourhood benefits.

The groups explain the challenges they face as well as the results they achieved.

You can now view the videos online on the PlanLoCaL website video page such as this one on managing community projects.

The PlanLoCaL resource has already been recognised as “strongly engaging and effective”, and cited as a model for community-oriented websites by community activists.

If you’d like to find out more about the resource pack and request a copy please visit the PlanLoCaL website.

There is also a series of further information on the site, including a report produced especially for CSE which looks at some of the most common concerns about wind and, using government documents and peer-reviewed reports, examines the background to the issues to produce an even-handed and reliable study of the various arguments.

You can download the report for free.

There’s also more information on the project available on the CSE website.


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