Onshore Wind Guidance Now Available for Community Energy Groups

Community groups that are interested in developing onshore wind projects can now download a 32 page guidance note from the Centre for Sustainable Energy to help them identify suitable areas for development in their Neighbourhood Plan. Changes to the planning regime in 2015 mean that onshore wind will only be granted planning permission if the proposed development site is in an area identified as suitable by a Local or Neighbourhood Plan. Find out more and download the note:

Funding Boost to Bring Bennerley Viaduct to Cyclists and Walkers

A plan to bring a viaduct that spans the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border back into use as a walking and cycling trail has received a boost, with donations from three Erewash Borough Councillors. Bennerley Viaduct used to carry trains but hasn’t been used since 1968. Sustrans, the national cycling charity, and the local community would like to connect the viaduct to local walking and cycling routes. The councillors, James Dawson, Glennice Birkin and Danny Treacy, donated a total of £600 from their community grant funds and Erewash council has put in a further £2000. This money will be used to publicise the project and involve more local people in community work parties that are already carrying out work on the viaduct. Sustrans is aiming to submit a bid to the Heritage Lottery fund to secure the funds needed to connect the structure with existing walking and cycling networks, including the Great Northern Greenway which will link Nottingham and Derby.

April Newsletter Out Now!

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Grants Available to Grow a Greener Britain

Growing a Green Britain is offering grants of up to £1000 to constituted community groups with projects that transform green spaces across Great Britain. The funding is for community projects which address the following charitable objectives of Growing a Greener Britain: environmental preservation, enhancement of a public area, maintenance of a public area, and training and employment for the local community.

First 'State of the Sector' Community Energy Survey

Community Energy England (CEE) and Community Energy Wales (CEW) have launched the first State of the Sector Survey. This aims to collect data on community energy generation, energy savings and CO₂ reduction projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The more survey responses CEE and CEW get, the better they can represent the community sector at national level, so please do take the time to respond. The survey can be found here: