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.
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.
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?
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.
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.