7th Annual (2018)

Planning for Infrastructure in Wales

Thursday 18 October 2018


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Tom Watson
Chair; Senior Planner
RTPI Cymru; Arup
Part 1: Latest policy updates and support for new infrastructure in Wales
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Priorities for supporting new infrastructure development - current Government policy and plans
  • Insight on the introduction of the National Development Framework for Wales – progress, timelines and the role of the framework in future decision making
  • Updating the Planning Policy for Wales
  • Creating a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales to drive growth and economic success
  • Next legislative steps and future priorities
Latest update on the proposals for the introduction of a bespoke and unified infrastructure consenting process and the implementation of devolved powers
  • Devolution of energy and planning powers through the Wales Act 2017
  • Establishing a new consenting regime for infrastructure
Lewis Thomas
Head of National Consenting
Welsh Government
Priorities and support for new energy projects
  • How will Wales meet renewable energy targets?
  • Support and guidance for different energy types
Morning refreshments
Creating a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales
  • The role of the commission
  • Identifying infrastructure needs
  • The possible interaction between the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales and the National Infrastructure Commission
  • Aims and next steps
Part 2: Overcoming capacity constraints and securing a grid connection
PANEL DISCUSSION: Securing a grid connection in Wales – overcoming capacity constraints and plans for grid development
  • Where is capacity available and what plans are there for new electrical infrastructure?
  • Securing a cheaper, faster grid connection
  • Unlocking capacity on the networks
  • Timescales for securing a connection
  • Alternative technologies helping with capacity
  • Energy storage and batteries – the future for new energy infrastructure
Nigel Turvey
Network Strategy and Innovation Manager
Western Power Distribution
James Greenhalgh
Electricity Customer Connections Manager
National Grid
Networking lunch
Part 3: Planning and delivering new infrastructure – overcoming barriers and challenges for new developments
Developer perspective: planning for new infrastructure – the opportunities and challenges
  • Challenges, concerns and opportunities for developing in Wales
  • Impact of the Developments of National Significance regime on choosing to progress development in Wales
  • Timescales – moving from planning to delivery
  • What is needed to support new development?
The practical implications of a new consenting regime for Welsh infrastructure projects
  • What options are available for infrastructure projects in Wales?
  • How do you chose – the benefits and disadvantages of each
  • Future-gazing – where will we be in 10 years...?
Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
Enabling new infrastructure development – the role of Natural Resources Wales
  • The role of Natural Resources Wales
  • Priorities and aims
  • Supporting development in Wales
Keith Davies
Planning, Landscape, Energy and Climate Change Manager
Natural Resources Wales
Local authority role in infrastructure planning and supporting new development
  • Preparing and responding to plans for new policy
  • Engaging with developers
  • Ongoing and post-consent engagement with developers
Afternoon refreshments
Engaging with infrastructure planning as a consultee – the stakeholder perspective
Infrastructure update: progress and plans for delivering major infrastructure projects in Wales
  • Wylva Newydd – new nuclear update
  • Marine and tidal energy update
  • Planning and delivering new telecoms and broadband infrastructure

15 minute update on each infrastructure development 

David Jones
Project Director; CEO
Marine Energy Wales; Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum
Part 4: Future of infrastructure in Wales
PANEL DISCUSSION: Planning now for the infrastructure of the future – responding to technology advances and changing infrastructure needs
  • How can new technology be harnessed to overcome planning challenges?
  • Emerging and future technologies
  • Future design requirements
  • What steps are needed to make Wales an industry leader?
  • Planning the infrastructure needed for electric and autonomous vehicles
  • Changing sustainability requirements – planning for active transport
  • How is Wales moving forward compared to other areas of the UK and Europe?
Chair's closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include a short Q and A.*