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Local Energy East Strategy

Meeting: 10/07/2018 - Cabinet (Item 17)

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To consider the Local Energy East Strategy for formal endorsement (report of the Portfolio Holder Growth and Commercialisation enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder for Growth and Commercialisation which invited formal endorsement for the Local Energy East Strategy.

 

Councillors noted that South Holland District Council had been invited by the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority to give formal consideration to the Local Energy East Strategy document; a draft strategy that had been produced to support both local and regional energy issues that are prohibiting growth in the areas covered by the New Anglia LEP, the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority and Hertfordshire LEPs.

 

The purpose of the strategy was to capture and set out activities designed to unblock current challenges concerning energy, alongside activities to capitalise on local energy generation, storage, distribution and supply opportunities. It had been funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

All local authorities within the geography covered by the study were being asked to provide feedback on the draft strategy, and also to consider providing formal endorsement to the draft strategy and its stated aims. All public sector organisations that endorse the strategy will be referenced within the final published document as a supporting partner.

 

In discussing the strategy, Councillors noted that it promoted all forms of electricity production.  There would be times when, for planning reasons, this would not be the Council’s view.  It was agreed that feedback should be given to the Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority that the Council supports the strategy but with the caveat that all forms of electricity production were promoted ‘where appropriate’.

 

It was also noted that South Holland was not referred to very frequently in the strategy despite being an equal partner.  It was hoped that endorsing the strategy would bring a greater recognition of the Council’s role.  Feedback on this issue would be included in the Council’s response.

 

Overall Councillors endorsed the strategy, and its stated aims, as it aligned with the authority’s own priorities relating to housing and economic growth, along with focusing on addressing issues that impact upon the growth, including power generation and distribution.

 

DECISION:

 

That the Cabinet gives formal endorsement of the Local Energy East Strategy subject to:

 

a)    The caveat that, with regard to the promotion of all forms of electricity, the Council would like to add ‘where appropriate’ so that it was not obliged to support inappropriate development; and

 

b)    Feedback be sent regarding acknowledging South Holland to a greater extent.

(Other options considered:

·         Do nothing. Under this option, the authority will not provide formal support for the strategy.

Reasons for decision:

·         The Local Energy East Strategy is focused around a number of matters of relevance to the council’s own strategic priorities, notably concerning housing and economic growth, alongside the focus within the strategy in addressing issues that impact upon the growth, including power generation and distribution.)