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
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
  • Context to Energy Policy in Wales
  • Emerging policy support
  • Recommendations & Opportunities
Ben Lewis
Infrastructure and Energy Director
Barton Willmore
Morning refreshments
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
Rachel Shorney
Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager
SP Energy Networks
Networking lunch
Part 3: Planning and delivering new infrastructure – overcoming barriers and challenges for new developments
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
Simon Gilbert
Operational Manager (Strategic Development and Placemaking)
Cardiff Council
Afternoon refreshments
Engaging with infrastructure planning as a consultee – the stakeholder perspective
Chris O’Brien
Senior Policy Officer Planning
RSPB Cymru
Update: progress and plans for delivering marine and tidal projects in Wales
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?
Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
Rachel Shorney
Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager
SP Energy Networks
Ben Lewis
Infrastructure and Energy Director
Barton Willmore
Chair's closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include a short Q and A.*