The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is currently looking at the barriers to the deployment of water source heat pumps, including those potentially related to planning applications. They would be particularly interested to hear from any planning officers who have had experience of, or are currently involved in, granting planning permission for such a scheme.
Detail: Water source heat pumps exchange heat with a body of water to provide energy that can be used for space heating and cooling or for hot water. Along with other lower carbon forms of heating, the Government believes they will play an important part in safeguarding the UK's future energy security and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. We set out our overall strategy for decarbonising heat in the Government's 2013 policy paper The Future of Heating, Meeting the Challenge. This included a commitment to improve the data and tools available to Local Authorities and other stakeholders. We are therefore developing the existing National Heat Map with additional information, including a new water source heat map layer, identifying suitable locations for water source heat pumps including rivers, lakes, bays and canals. An initial 'high level' map of heat potential from suitable rivers in some of England's larger towns and cities was published on 11 August.
As part of the follow-up, we are looking at the specific barriers to deployment of water source heat pumps. We are keen to talk to a range of groups with an interest in this area, including those who have an interest in granting planning and consents for such schemes. We would like to understand the issues which are faced and identify actions which could be taken to make the process easier for both planning officers and the projects involved.
At this stage, we would be particularly interested to hear from any planning officers who have had experience of, or are currently involved in, granting planning permission for such a scheme. Please contact: email@example.com
Bess Hulme, Heat Strategy and Policy Team, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), T 0300 068 5363