When Low Carbon Gordano was established in 2011 we defined our community as consisting of the towns of Portishead and Pill and the adjoining villages. After three years’ worth of experience in developing projects, we realised that this area was too small to sustain a long term sustainable energy project.
As well as size there are significant constraints which were not foreseen at the outset; these include the Green Belt designation which covers all of the original area and the presence of Bristol airport which has so far ruled out any wind projects.
At the start of 2014 we entered discussions with neighbouring community energy groups and agreed to extend our community to include other parts of North Somerset and neighbouring areas. We also strengthened our Board to include representatives from these areas.
Our area now contains the North Somerset towns of Portishead, Pill, Clevedon, Nailsea, Backwell, and Long Ashton and, where opportunities arise, can extend into neighbouring areas of North Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire.