Plans submitted for low carbon District Heat Network at Wirral Waters

Published: 4 August 2023

A planning application has been submitted to Wirral Council for the installation of a District Heat Network (DHN) at Wirral Waters.


The application is a significant milestone in the regeneration of Wirral Waters, the UK’s largest regeneration project, and wider neighbourhoods as it will help to deliver the essential infrastructure for a low carbon heat source at forthcoming developments, including Vittoria Studios, West Float and the wider regeneration of the area.

The reserved matters application includes an energy centre, which utilises water source heat pumps as the main heat source, and associated pipe network and has been submitted by Ener-Vate, part of Peel Natural Resources and Energy (NRE), which itself is part of Peel L&P.

Ener-Vate specialises in the development of low carbon energy provision, adopting best practice to reduce carbon emissions. The proposed energy network is in line with Wirral’s Development Plan and the Wirral Local Plan and is included in the Wirral Waters Sustainability Action Plan. It has also secured funding from the Government’s Green Heat Network Fund.

James Hadfield, Strategic Waters Manager at Ener-Vate, said: “Sustainability and low carbon initiatives have always been at the heart of the regeneration of Wirral Waters, and this planning application aims to realise those ambitions through the introduction of a low carbon heating source which will provide connectivity to both existing and future occupiers.”

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