'MORE efficient, resilient and cost effective' is how public sector partners are describing ambitious plans for new district-scale heating networks for parts of Exeter and Teignbridge.

Plans for two new district heating networks have received a boost as the Government announces £184,250 funding to help get the projects off the ground.

Devon County, Exeter City and Teignbridge District Councils, the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust – partners in the District Heating Project Group - have welcomed the announcement, saying that the funds will kick-start the pioneering approach to domestic and commercial heat generation, financed by a private sector partner.