An economical, environmental heating project for the whole village

We have been considering the potential of a community heating scheme for the benefit of everyone in the village. With your support, we believe the objectives of such a scheme could be to –

  • Provide the same temperature of hot water and central heating as your existing oil or gas boiler at less cost.

  • Provide a sustainable and reliable supply of renewable heat energy for decades to come.

  • Help to cut the carbon footprint of the village contributing towards the UK’s 2050 Carbon Neutral goals.




The Village will have a heat centre. which will pump hot water through pipes in the village.

Each house subscribed to the scheme will have it's own heat exchange unit which heats individual heating systems. The cooler water is taken back up to be re-heated in the heat centre.



One step at at time


To be eligible for the first stage of Government funding we need to prove that 60% of our village are interested in the scheme by early May 2021

Showing interest does not lead to any other obligation or commitment.

Register your interest here

Thank you to all  who have already registered interest. The responses have been tremendously positive. 

This is only the beginning, of possibly a long process, but it is exciting.



A rough overview of each phase


The detailed practicalities

With proven village interest, Heat Upper Heyford and Upper Heyford Parish Council will apply for a feasibility grant to commission a detailed survey and extensive engineering plan for the scheme.

There will be many surveys – both small scale in homes, and wider in terms of village carbon footprint and ecological surveys. This is to garner detailed information about the feasibility of the scheme.

If at this stage the project is not viable we can cease it. If at this stage village take-up has dwindled we are not obliged to continue.

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The Master Plan

Hopefully working in partnership with Cherwell District Council to secure the next level of funding. To enable us to start embedding the infrastructure into our village.

The Phase 2 grant enables detailed specification of the scheme including individual household requirements.

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When dreams become reality

The build stage and, prior to this stage, individual households will have had all the information which they require to sign up for the scheme or not; Swaffham are finalising their Household Energy Contracts for signature now.

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Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about that… The future of humanity and indeed, all life on earth, now depends on us.

Sir David Attenborough




A video about community heating schemes

Although Heat Upper Heyford will be much smaller in scale this video explains the prinicples simply.

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How does it work?
There is the heart of the system, which is the heating source - then the veins and arteries are the pipes which that take the hot water round the village. These pipes take heat to the individual properties property’s Heat Transfer Unit and the cooler ‘used’, cooler water is transported back to be re-heated in the central heating system.

How will the water be heated in the heat centre?

Every village locality has it's own unique geographical, historical and physical challenges. Meticulous research and site-sensitive engineering plans will play a key role in the project development to ensure that the right renewable heating options are created for the village. 

Feasible possibilities would be ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, and geo-thermal heating options. It is likely to be a combination of technologies. In addition, we hope all electricity required for the system (village-wide, and domestically) can be sourced from a renewable supplier. We will investigate the possibility of installing solar panels to generate electricity.

Are there any other villages in the UK with a scheme like this?? 

Yes! up Up the road, North Aston has a ground -source system with 14km of underground pipes creating heat in fields next to the village (with no further impact on the use of those fields for anything else), which is then sent to their heat centre, and onwards to heat 26 properties.

Heating Swaffham Prior – are well underway with their system and are supporting us with our bid.

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“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope”

Martin Lurther King

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“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”

Helen Keller

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Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change. If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilization and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.

Sir David Attenborough


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