Information events this Summer!

Thank you to everyone who joined the first information events we are holding this summer. Last night, we welcomed contractors from Pinnacle Power into the village, as they shared the traffic management and construction plans for the village. Further events will be held throughout the summer, the next confirmed drop-in session is happening on Saturday June 19th. Please come along, meet the team, and bring your questions.

March Village Update

The village meeting in March was held to update all Swaffham Prior residents on the final versions of the tariff, legal contracts, and sign-up process to be launched in the next few weeks. If you have any further questions about the project, please email to

Count me in…

It’s just over two weeks since we announced that the heating project has all the approvals required to make it happen! Since our big announcement, an additional 9 households in the village, interested in taking the next step have contacted us. It is still not too late for households to sign-up to the project. In March we will be holding a Heat Network Information Night to provide an essential overview

It’s happening!

Our village heat network is happening! The energy centre construction for our heat network will be ready to start this May. Read this letter, to find out what it means for you. Retro-fit ready You don’t need to replace your radiators or upgrade your insultation to join the heat network. It has been designed to work for all 300 homes in Swaffham Prior, including the listed ones. How? If you

A renewable back-up…

At the end of last year, the Heating Swaffham Prior project engineers made a very exciting change to the project design. Originally, the back-up boiler in the proposed village energy centre was planned to run off gas, in response to community feedback, this has been replace with an electrode boiler. The electrode boiler will provide village-wide, back-up heating during the coldest winter days, or when the ground source and air

County Council Approve Project

Last week the Environmental and Sustainability Committee, Cambridgeshire County Council unanimously approved funding to deliver the Heating Swaffham Prior project. Confirming delivery of the heat network.  Our next major project milestone is applying for RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive), which is due in early February. Following this we will finally be able to fix the tariff and standing charges, offer packs will then be sent to households that have expressed an

Heating Swaffham Prior in the news…

Heating Swaffham Prior hit the newspapers and airwaves this week, as interest around the project builds nationally and locally. Last weekend, Mike Barker representing the Heating Swaffham Prior project and Community Land Trust was interviewed by The Times (Saturday edition, 9 Jan 2021). Over 18,000 people have already had a read!  Emma Fletcher followed this up with an interview at BBC Cambridgeshire on Monday afternoon, and you might have heard

UK Breakthrough for Off-Gas Communities

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

Planning Granted!

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

How Hot?

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,

Heat Supply Agreement October Update

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 before Sunday 8th November when the consultation period closes.

Designing your connection!

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,

Planning and Legal Updates

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.

Council-Led district heating in Enfield

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: Let us know what you think…

The Future of Oil and Gas

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

What is the Heat Trust?

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

How do scheme costs compare with LPG?

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.

What is a Heat Interface Unit?

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

Heat Supply Agreement Consultation OPEN

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.

Archaeology Update

Network Planning Application Notice

Heat Supply Agreement Principles Approved by CCC

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.

Pre-Planning Village Consultation

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.

Call for feedback on the network design

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.

Our Environment – Kid’s Activity

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!

Home Energy Check

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

Archaeological Update

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…

Celebrating Earth Day !

Swaffham Prior is celebrating Earth Day, ahead of our heat network launch this year which will replace oil heating in our village, reducing local and global pollution.  The Heating Swaffham Prior team has created a treasure hunt for kids in the village (launching from 3pm today!). A map and your first clue can be picked up from a box at 50 High Street and should be returned by April 2nd