Planning for Major Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Projects in Wales

Policy update, appeals guidance and lessons learnt so far

This must-attend conference will bring together developers, planners and local authorities from across Wales to debate the latest and most pertinent issues facing major infrastructure and renewable energy planning in Wales. Attendees will hear case studies on applications; both for major infrastructure and renewable energy projects, providing them with crucial lessons they can take away for their own applications.

This event features a well-balanced combination of expert advice, inspectorate views and case studies to identify the key problems the Welsh planning sector is facing and how to overcome them. Hear what needs to be addressed in the Welsh Planning Bill and timetables for future legislation.

Attend this conference to network with key players in the Welsh planning sector, get up to speed with future planning process changes and discuss how to overcome the high level of rejection for renewable project applications.

Benefits of attending:

  • Be the first to get key policy insights into how planning procedures in Wales are changing
  • Hear in-depth case studies on how to approach the consultation process
  • Join in the debate on how the Government’s renewable energy objectives can be met
  • Pick up new ideas on engaging communities in Wales
  • Learn crucial lessons from the first major infrastructure project applications
  • Find out how a local authority responds to planning applications
  • Network with a range of stakeholders from the Welsh planning sector and share best practice

Who should attend:

  • Local authority planning officers in Wales
  • Developers of major projects in Wales
  • Planning, environmental and economic development consultants and academics
  • Planning and economic development officials from the Welsh Assembly Government
  • Environment Agency, Natural England and other environmental organisations
  • Planning lawyers and consultants from across the UK
  • Public Affairs and PR consultants
  • Welsh Development Agency
  • CBI Wales and Chambers of Commerce in Wales
  • Construction (civil engineering) companies
  • Department for Communities & Local Government, HM Treasury and the Welsh Office
  • Planning Aid
  • Environmental pressure groups
  • Project management companies
  • Investment banks and infrastructure funds


Bethan Edwards

Principal Renewables Developer
RWE Npower Renewables

Chris Sutton

Lead Director - Cardiff
Jones Lang LaSalle

Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM

Chair of Environment and Sustainability Committee

Dr David Clubb

RenewableUK Cymru

Eifion Bowen

Head of Planning
Carmarthenshire County Council

Huw Smallwood

Tengi Cymru Cyf

Ian Gambles

Director of National Infrastructure
The Planning Inspectorate

John Davies MBE

Chair of the IAG Planning Policy Review

Karl Cradick


Paul Maile


Richard Hadwin

Renewable Energy Partnership

Richard Poppleton

Director for Wales
The Planning Inspectorate

Rosemary Thomas

Chief Planner
Welsh Government

Steven Edwards

Project Manager
Scottish Power Energy Network
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“A great amount of experience and knowledge in one room!!”

J. Parsons, Development Control Leader, Bridgend County Borough Council

“Stimulating & wide reaching in its scope & content, with a good range of knowledgeable high profile speakers”

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“Knowledgeable speakers, well organised and very informative”

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