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Registration and refreshments
08:45  to  09:30
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:30  to  09:40
Dr Roisin Willmott OBE. RTPI Director of Wales and Northern Ireland. Royal Town Planning Institute.
Part 1: How is current policy supporting infrastructure development? The introduction of Future Wales - its impact on planning and development and how it fits with existing policy
09:40  to  12:05
Keynote address: Latest insight on Future Wales and policy supporting the planning and development of infrastructure
09:40  to  10:05
  • Introduction of Future Wales and updates and changes to the national development framework 
  • Future Wales’ incorporation of wider planning policy
  • Next steps for planning policy and how Future Wales will be reviewed
The impact of current policy and consenting regimes on infrastructure planning and development
10:05  to  10:30
  • The relationship between different planning policy and consenting routes in Wales - Developments of National Significance, Future Wales and Planning Policy Wales 11
  • What are the planning requirements for new infrastructure and how to meet these?
Liz Dunn. Partner. Burges Salmon.
Session title to be confirmed
10:30  to  10:55
Ben Lewis. Infrastructure and Energy Director. Barton Willmore.
Morning refreshments
10:55  to  11:25
Panel discussion: Planning for new infrastructure under the current system - how to practically deliver infrastructure and overcome current barriers
11:25  to  12:05
  • What are the biggest challenges currently facing planning for new infrastructure and what are the solutions?
  • Is current planning policy encouraging project development or are further changes needed?
  • What types of infrastructure projects does Wales need in the future and how to encourage development?
  • The role of renewables and how to support development
  • Understanding the value of pre-assessed areas in Future Wales
Simon Chamberlayne. Head of Planning. Enso Energy.
David Thomas. Energy Director. Savills.
Part 2: Overcoming current grid capacity challenges and how to improve time to secure a connection
12:05  to  14:10
Innovation in achieving grid connections and expanding the reach of the network
12:05  to  12:30
  • Current innovations in delivering cheaper, faster connections to overcome grid capacity constraints
  • Coping with demand from national infrastructure – what are the plans? 
  • Preparing for increased demand from local developments and electric vehicles
  • Timeline on expansion and locations of the network
Rachel Shorney. Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager. SP Energy Networks.
Panel discussion: What are the challenges facing network expansion? Projects and technology providing solutions to grid capacity constraints
12:30  to  13:10
  • Battery storage solutions and possible use with solar farms and other schemes
  • Are developers looking at creating private networks outside the grid? How can these be delivered?
  • Difficulties associated with network expansion into mid-Wales
  • Rethinking the issue: has the construction of new grid infrastructure slowed due to a reduction in the number of infrastructure projects being delivered? 
Networking lunch
13:10  to  14:10
Part 3: Overcoming environmental challenges and meeting decarbonisation targets when planning new infrastructure
14:10  to  16:10
Engaging with Natural Resources Wales and their role in support infrastructure development
14:10  to  14:35
  • Changing relationship throughout the application process – engagement and support at pre-application, application and post consent 
  • How and when to engage with Natural Resources Wales
  • Managing multiple consents for different projects - timelines and how best to manage communications
Keith Davies. Head of Sustainable Places Land and Sea. Natural Resources Wales.
The benefits of incorporating biodiversity requirements into planning applications
14:35  to  15:00
  • The requirements and importance of biodiversity under new planning policy
  • Practically delivering positive biodiversity
  • The differences and similiarities with biodiversity net gain requirements in England
Panel discussion: What are the challenges to meeting updated decarbonisation targets while delivering new infrastructure? Practical guidance to achieving net zero
15:00  to  15:40
  • Updated decarbonisation and net zero targets
  • Main challenges to delivering infrastructure under these targets
  • Building decarbonisation into infrastructure
  • Innovation helping to achieve decarbonisation targets
  • Different challenges facing different types of projects
Rhys Wyn Jones. Director. RenewableUK Cymru.
Speaker from. Wales & West Utilities.
Eleri Davies. Head of Wales – Onshore Wind Development. RWE Renewables.
Afternoon refreshments
15:40  to  16:10
Part 4: Dealing with challenges to planning and delivery of infrastructure projects at a local level
16:10  to  17:00
Local authority's role in infrastructure planning and supporting development
16:10  to  16:35
  • Updates on Future Wales' impact on planning at a local level
  • How developers can engage with local authorities
  • Continued engagement with developers post approval
Successfully engaging with communities and conducting consultation
16:35  to  17:00
  • Participating in early engagement
  • Presenting your project with the community
  • Connecting with the community throughout the life cycle of the project
David Jones. Stakeholder Manager. Blue Gem Wind.
Chair’s closing remarks
17:00  to  17:10
Close of conference and networking drinks
17:10  to  17:30

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