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June 2013

A 'Developing an Approach to Allowable Solutions' study has been commissioned by Rossendale Borough Council co-funded by CLASP, with the intention of creating a replicable methodology for how Allowable Solutions could be considered and taken forward by Local Authorities in the North West.

Resources available including project summary, executive summary, full report and carbon calculater are now available to download by clicking here.


March 2013

A training session for elected members in Lancashire took place on 28th January 2013, and was attended by 14 councilors from Lancashire authorities. The session particularly focused on Opportunities for Lancashire including Green Deal.

The presentations from the day are available to download by clicking here.

A further training session on Flood Risk Management and Community Resilience took place on 12th March 2013, and was attended by 25 members from Lancashire and Cumbria authorities.

The presentations from the day are available to download by clicking here.

You can also download the CLASP Member Briefing Pack of 6 briefings on key sustainability themes which this training supports.


August 2012

A summary has been published of a CLASP funded study exploring the Potential for Renewable Energy Development in Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn. This project expanded the evidence base for renewable energy planning policy development, and an approach for measuring the theoretical visibility of potential wind energy deployment.  Read the summary here.



Resources Developed by Lancashire


On this page you find resources developed as part of the CLASP Climate Change Skills Fund Programme, including:

Rossendale Wind Energy in the Lanscape Seminar

Training and Communication – Renewable Energy Technologies

Turning Lancashire Renewable Energy from Potential to Reality



Rossendale Wind Energy in the Landscape Seminar

A training seminar was delivered by Julie Martin Associates and included a number of local authority representatives from Rossendale, Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire County Council and Pendle. As well as a presentation there were workshops with live examples and a lively debate with a clear consensus among attendees that they felt much more confident about the key issues and how to use the guidance.

Click here to download of presentations from the seminar.


Training and Communication – Renewable Energy Technologies

This project provided training to planners to improve their appreciation of the potential in their area to generate energy from renewable sources and to Planning Committee members to improve their understanding of sustainable energy and planning considerations.  The following outputs are available:

  • Lancashire Renewable Energy Sessions for Planners - Three seminars, aimed specifically at planners in Lancashire, were held earlier in the year in Preston, Blackburn and Blackpool. Click here to download a copy of the summary, presentations and notes from each of the sessions.
  • Lancashire Renewable Energy Factsheets - Standard information about renewable energies and planning requirements is also available on all Lancashire council websites to provide better information for residents and businesses. Click here to download copies of the factsheets.
  • Community Renewable Energy Training - A 2-day Level 2 NVQ course, developed by Neighbourhoods NW with Clasp funding, delivered to community groups in Pennine Lancs. Click here to download all the training material.
  • Blackburn with Darwen Renewables in the Home Presentation - A short talk of about an hour on small scale renewable energy technologies that are suitable for both residential homes and small businesses.  Click here to download a copy of the presentation.
  • BRE Renewable Heat Course - A 2-day course for planners to introduce the technology and issues to be considered in policy development and dealing with planning applications. 


Turning Lancashire Renewable Energy from Potential to Reality

SQW Ltd (SQW), supported by Maslen Environmental and CO2Sense, were commissioned by Lancashire County Council to undertake a study to facilitate the development of sustainable energy resources and provide follow up guidance and support to local planning authorities. The following outputs are available:

  • Taking forward the deployment of Renewable Energy - This report  provides the results of the deployment analysis and scenario testing for renewable energy capacity in Lancashire by 2020. It includes an assessment of the implications for LAs and recommendations for increasing potential developments in the future. Click here to download a copy of the report. 
  • Planning Guidance for Renewable Energy -  Providing guidance and a starting point for planning officers providing advice on planning issues associated with onshore renewable energy technologies, helping to develop appropriate planning policies and guidance and to inform planning application decisions concerning renewable energy.   Click here to download a copy of the report.