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After completing the workshops it is important to document and communicate the findings and proposed solutions from the neighbourhood group. Oldham Energy Futures did this through the visualisation of data and the production of Community-led Energy Action Plans. 

The plans included:

  • the community-led assessment of the issues in the neighbourhood in relation to each of the energy themes, with quotes from the neighbourhood group to back up their findings;
  • the identification of community priorities for the local energy transition and why they are important to the neighbourhood group;
  • precedents of projects from across the UK which address issues similar to those identified by the neighbourhood group; and
  • action recommendations developed and prioritised by the neighbourhood group, outlining the actions that local residents or individuals can take, actions the community can progress and recommendations targeted at the local authority and other local stakeholders to address the energy transition needs in the area.

Visualisations were used within the Community-led Energy Action Plan to better communicate information to both interested members of the community and local strategic stakeholders. The Community-led Energy Action Plan was produced based on how the neighbourhood groups planned to use the document and their feedback. It was, for example, designed to enable them to engage with the wider community about the process and their proposed solutions or to speak with stakeholders about asks of them following the Community-led Energy Planning (CLEP) process.

The following approaches were used to communicate the CLEP process in Oldham and the findings and solutions developed by the neighbourhood groups in Westwood and Sholver.

Launching the Community-Led Energy Action Plan in Westwood with local councillors