Community Energy and Neighbourhood Plans

Suffolk has long held the ambition to be the Greenest County in the UK. This ambition encompasses protecting our much-loved wildlife and natural landscape, how we use and recycle our resources, how we make ourselves resilient to the threats of a changing climate, and how we can lead the UK in decarbonising our homes, vehicles and businesses.

For Suffolk to become the Greenest County, we also need to have the Greenest Towns and Villages and Neighbourhood Plans provide the ideal opportunity for you to join us in considering these challenges.

On the 4th July 2018, the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership and the Suffolk Association of Local Councils held a workshop attended by 40 parish councils and neighbourhood planning groups, launching a new community energy support campaign. This first event introduced the tools, support and information required for local groups to take the lead and design solutions that are right for their community. We heard from both local and national examples of how to incorporate low carbon solutions into your neighbourhood plans including:

  • Villages who have set up their own solar energy cooperative.
  • Community centres who lead the way by fitting the latest green technology to reduce their bills and educate their users.
  • Getting support to assess which renewable energy technologies are suitable for your community.
  • Tackling fuel poverty and household CO2 emissions by retrofitting insulation and renewable energy into our homes.

Presentations from the event can be viewed here:

Community Energy and the Greenest County, John Taylor - Suffolk Climate Change Partnership

Community Energy: Putting people at the heart of the energy system, Emma Bridge - Community Energy England

Power4Kelsale-cum-Carlton: Village Solar Cooperative, Keith Dickerson - Power4KcC

Swaffham Prior Community Land Trust District Heating Scheme, Maddie Alpar, Cambridgeshire County Council 

Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning: Opportunities to build happier, healthier and greener communities, Mark Wells - Centre for Sustainable Energy 

Community Business and Funding, Will Walker - Power to Change

To register your interest in future events and community energy in Suffolk, please contact Sarah Gill on 07720098980 or