Residents express concern over energy centre

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Oxford University’s plans to construct a new energy centre to help heat water for flats in Summertown House, Banbury Road, has been criticised by several local residents.

Locals have expressed anxiety based on speculation about the new Combined Heat and Power unit, writing to the City Council with concerns ranging from worries that the construction would block light to it being “unsightly.”

This type of heat and power installation is not yet widely used in the UK,  leading some to express fears of excessive noise levels.

However an Oxford spokesperson stated that on-site tests had shown that the design “meets or exceeds statutory requirements.”

The University claim the design aims to reduce carbon emissions by 75%.Summertown House provides accommodation for Oxford graduate students.

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