Scottish district heating scheme rejected

The Scottish government has come in for criticism after a proposed district heating scheme in Cupar, Fife was rejected.

The eastern Scottish town had proposed a nearly zero carbon district heating scheme but the proposal has been rejected by the government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), leading to claims of uneccessary bureaucracy on the part of the government.

Gordon Pay from Sustainable Cupar told the Herald that the project would: “add sustainable value” to the Cupar North development.
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à‚ “Money for energy is retained in the town and not exported to large energy companies.”

The proposal had made it as far as the last 10 in the Scottish Government Local Energy challenge Fund (LECF) but the LCITP has since refused to give it funding to establish a business case.

“This is because Sustainable Cupar has not been able to obtain a signed piece of paper expressing interest from the commercial developers, worth no more than its recycling value,” said Mr Pay.

But the Scottish Government say there is a clear reason why the scheme hasn’t been passed: a lack of support.

In a statement it said, “In order to successfully deliver an investment case business proposal and move towards delivery of a district heating scheme the community group would need to seccure the support of the Cupar North housing developers to Sustainable Cupar’s proposed district heating project.” à‚ 

The consortium involved in the development comprises Persimmon Homes, Headon Developments and Vico Properties. The planned development includes almost 1500 homes, a relief road to the north of Cupar, a hotel and restaurant, petrol station, retail and industrial facilities, with land for land for a new primary school and community facilities; business, employment and retail uses as well as recreational green space.

The application has attracted hundreds of objections.

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