Saturday, 23 October 2021

Natural heating

A BIOMASS boiler to produce clean energy could be installed at the 16th century Mapledurham House.

The Mapledurham 1997 Trust, which manages the estate, has applied for planning permission for a100 sq m building to house two boilers.

Woodchip from the woodland on the estate would fuel the boilers, which would heat and provide hot water for the house and villagers.

In a design and access statement, the trust says: “The proposed facility will provide carbon neutral heating to Mapledurham House and other buildings in the village, replacing the existing oil-fired heating system and enabling a number of existing oil storage tanks to be removed.”

It says the woodchip would be processed and stored elsewhere on the estate and would be delivered by tractor and trailer weekly.

South Oxfordshire District Council, the planning authority, will make a decision by March 7.

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