Transforming the face of UK off-gas communities is a village of 300 homes called Swaffham Prior. This innovative village, on the edge of the Fens in East Cambridgeshire has come up with a non-oil solution to heating their homes. Whilst district heating (even in rural communities) is commonplace across Europe, Swaffham Prior is leading the UK ‘s charge to start making seismic shifts in attitudes and behaviours in advance of
On Wednesday (25th November) planning consent was granted for the heat network by Cambridgeshire County Council planning department. We are pleased to share this news with the 160+ households that have expressed an interest in joining the heat network. Planning consent secures our progress to the next stages involved in delivering our high temperature, low carbon, village heat network. The heat network will enable households in the village to disconnect oil
The heat network for Swaffham Prior will enable households in the village to disconnect their oil boiler, oil tank and whilst using their existing central heating system, go onto renewable energy. How? The project has been designed as a high-temperature system, meaning that in winter it will be able to deliver temperatures above 70c. Why has it been designed this way? This is a similar temperature to standard oil boilers,
A number of important changes to the proposed Heat Supply Agreement (customer contract) were announced last week at a public meeting. To review the changes click here. The full Heat Supply Agreement will be published on our dedicated Heat Supply Agreement webpage next week. If you have any further comments on the updates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before Sunday 8th November when the consultation period closes.
Will the driveway need dug up? Will the lawn be restored? How big is a Heat Interface Unit, what is it, where does it go? It’s time to start thinking about domestic connections to the renewable heating network. During October and November, free, no-obligation, remote design surveys are available to all homes in Swaffham Prior interested in joining the network. This is your chance to discuss with a project engineer,
During August we held a number of meetings to update you on the planning and customer agreement (Heat Supply Agreement). These are now available online to view at your leisure (Click here) We received lots of comments on the heat supply agreement through the six-week consultation period just finished, and will update you on progress toward the Final agreement soon.
A number of other council’s in the UK have gone ahead of Cambridgeshire County Council in becoming energy suppliers to residents, including; Gateshead, Robin Hood and Bristol Energy . Enfield has put together some information for new residents joining their district heating scheme, which may be of interest. See their website for more information: www.energetik.london/how-it-works/residents/ Let us know what you think…
In July 2020, CBI released a report recommending the move away from domestic oil and gas boilers in all homes in the UK by 2035. This pushes UK policy further from its current position which bans oil and gas boilers in new homes. Swaffham Prior has an opportunity to be ahead of the game, giving residents an option to move away from oil now! For more information, check out this
The heat trust is an independent, non-profit consumer champion for heat networks. They provide guidance and support to consumers and heat suppliers to ensure service and quality. The Heat Supply Agreement for Swaffham Prior has been developed to the guidance and best standards supplied by the Heat Trust. The scheme will also be registered with the Heat Trust to provide further guarantees to customers. More information on the Heat Trust
There are a few households in Swaffham Prior currently heated by LPG, and we have received requests for more information on how heating costs for LPG and the heating network compare. The table below illustrates the cost difference between the two systems.
A lot of people have been asking us questions about heat interface units and how these are installed. We will be including some more information on HIUs in the August / September edition of the Swaffham Prior Crier, but in the meantime here is some information which you might find helpful. How big is a Heat Interface Unit? Most HIUs are smaller than a boiler, a typical specification is around
The Heat Supply Agreement (customer contract) has now been published in draft form. Please review the whole document and let us know what you think.
The Environment and Sustainability Committee at CCC, have approved the Heat Supply Agreement (HSA) principles. Available via this link (Item 8, starts page 16). We will share further information on the HSA and ways to share your feedback on the document over the next six weeks.
The pre-planning village consultation has now opened. The documents available give an overview of the final plans to be brought forward through the planning application in July 2020. We would appreciate your feedback – as we work toward this exciting stage of the project.
The heat network design is entering its final stages to be submitted for the planning application in July 2020. Residents of Swaffham Prior are invited to have their say on the design. Hard copies of the design are displayed in the village at the village notice board, bus stop, pub and 50 High Street. You can also make comments here.
Heating Swaffham Prior have launched a second Children’s activity workbook, looking at our local environment. We hope you enjoy this resource during the lockdown period, please share any drawings or scientific findings on the village facebook page! Download the booklet here!
Interested in reviewing your home’s current energy needs and potential for improvement? Check out this platform on the Energy Saving Trust website, search for Heating Swaffham Prior and enter your household details – it takes about 15 minutes to do. I have just completed it and found out that a £20 spend on insulation for my water cylinder would save me about £60/year! The information shared can also be reviewed
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…