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An update on the Heating Swaffham Prior archaeological survey – the initial magnetometry survey revealed no significant archaeology in the area. There is some evidence of old ploughing techniques, and furrows, so a further investigation using trenches will be carried out in the near future to find out more. We hope to make a short video about those investigations…
Oxford Archaeology and Magnitude Survey are currently undertaking a geophysical survey of the field (off Heath Road) proposed for the bore holes. This survey uses “non-intrusive” methods, a magnetometry hand-cart is pulled across the field, sending signals into the earth, which reflect up from the geology, producing a greyscale image of what is buried below the topsoil. Magnetometry is the technique of measuring and mapping patterns of magnetism in the soil.
Watch our latest film to find out what Heating Swaffham Prior has planned over the next few weeks…
The Heating Swaffham Prior project is continuing at pace, with planning submission due to be made in Spring/Summer. We had planned to host a series of meetings for community stakeholders and the village as a whole prior to the submission, which following Government advice are now postponed. Instead, we will launch a newsletter providing more detail on the project and look to hold online workshops. The first issue will be circulated as a
Funding Our funding application is currently being processed by central Government; however, we have received an encouraging update from HNDU (Heat Network Delivery Unit). We hope to bring you good news in the new year. The Planning Process The project team have started programming the planning process to be prepared for making an application in the new year. We are currently reviewing the surveys and information that will be required.
The Heating Swaffham Prior team are pleased to confirm that HNDU and County Council match funding has been received to progress the planning application for the Community Heating Network. With only 13 short months until the first homes are to be connected to the network, intense activity is underway to bring the planning application together efficiently as possible. Over the next few weeks a number of surveys and investigations will
Progress High level technical design has been completed. A number of innovations have been brought forward by the technical consultants; The Energy Centre will now run-off 100% renewable energy sources using a combination of ground source, air source, and solar panels. LPG will be used for the back-up boiler. Following advice from further technical consultants, the scheme put forward for funding will be capable of delivering up to 80c heat.
Heating Swaffham Prior October Headlines Progress Two critical targets have been achieved, meaning that the project will progress to the next funding application to HNDU Round 9. 162 expressions of interest achieved, demonstrating a high level of community support for the project. Results of borehole test were positive, although the thermal capacity of the ground is slightly lower than expected so more boreholes will be required. The project is technically
Friday 13th marked our project deadline for gaining initial support from the community to continue developing the Heating Swaffham Prior project. The department of Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy gave us a target of 170-180 homes, which we are closing in on, and hope to pick up a few more households this week. The next round of funding will be used to deliver the studies and surveys of individual homes