The South Worcestershire Councils have prepared an Interim Guidance Note on the application of Policy SWDP 27 relating to Renewable and Low Carbon Energy in the adopted South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).

Policy SWDP 27 requires all new developments over 100 square metres gross or one or more dwellings to incorporate energy generation from renewable or low carbon sources equivalent to at least 10% of predicted energy requirements, unless it has been demonstrated that this would make the development unviable.

Applications for all new developments over the above threshold are required to include an energy assessment to demonstrate that the requirements of SWDP 27 will be met.

The South Worcestershire Councils are in the process of preparing advice and guidance on the implementation of SWDP 27 in a Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). In the meantime, the Interim Guidance Note provides guidance for planning applicants and planning officers on how energy assessments should be undertaken and what information must be included in an energy assessment.

Read the Interim Guidance Note.

Enplanner Low Carbon Planning Toolkit

The South Worcestershire Councils will use the online Enplanner Low Carbon Planning Toolkit developed by Encraft and the Carbon Trust to help assess submitted energy statements.

Enplanner is an online toolkit intended to provide assistance to planning applicants looking to demonstrate that they can meet the requirements set out in Policy SWDP27: Renewable and Low Carbon Energy. Enplanner allows the user to assess what renewable technologies are available and suitable in the area in order to meet the required generation of energy from renewable or low carbon sources.

Enplanner has been specifically commissioned to allow planning officers to effectively assess energy statements and so the South Worcestershire Councils encourage its use. Applicants are of course free to use alternative toolkits, albeit it may take officers longer to appraise energy statements which have not used Enplanner.

Visit the Enplanner website to access the toolkit.