8th Annual (2019)

Successfully Planning for Infrastructure in Wales

Thursday 24 October 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Simon Power
Senior Vice Chair; Director
RTPI Cymru; Mott Macdonald
Part 1: Understanding the latest policy updates & what these mean for new projects
The Government’s commitment to transforming the planning system and driving forward infrastructure development
  • The latest update on the associated timelines of National Development Framework (NDF) delivery
  • How will NDF impact infrastructure delivery in Wales?
  • What additional policies need to be put in place to enhance infrastructure delivery?
Planning today for a better future: emerging policies and their effects on infrastructure delivery in Wales
  • The Planning Policy Wales Edition 10 (PPW10): what are its targets and objectives?
  • How can infrastructure projects comply with the PPW10 requirements?
  • What the emerging policies mean for future renewable and non-renewable projects
Morning refreshments
Identifying the infrastructure needs for Wales – the role of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales
  • What are the aims and objectives of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales?
  • What Infrastructure developments need to come forward?
  • How have infrastructure needs changed over the years?
Part 2: Overcoming the challenges facing project delivery
Delivering quicker, more efficient electricity network connections for your project
  • How networks are getting smarter and what are the associated benefits?
  • Innovative solutions to get connected in areas where capacity is limited
  • How might flexibility provide additional revenue for projects?
  • Availability of information to inform where capacity is available
  • The associated timelines for getting your project connected to the grid
Ben Godfrey
Network Strategy Manager
Western Power Distribution
Funding and financing projects in Wales: what options are available for your project and how to secure funds
  • The Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan 2018-2021 – supporting ongoing and upcoming infrastructure projects
  • Understanding what options are available and securing funding early on to avoid delays to your project
  • Closing the infrastructure gap: how can we fund and finance the future?


Networking lunch
Part 3: Supporting the development of new infrastructure in wales whilst meeting the carbon budget and overcoming the environmental challenges
The roles and responsibilities of Natural Resources Wales in delivering new infrastructure
  • What role does Natural Resources Wales have in supporting new infrastructure projects?
  • Obtaining permits and permissions
  • Working with Natural Resources Wales as a statutory consultee
Delivering the Swansea Bay City Deal – updates and lessons learnt
  • Latest update on the £200m Wellness and Life Science Village project
  • Navigating through the planning and consenting stages and what challenges were faced?
  • What opportunities will this project generate for the community and economic growth
Meeting the carbon budget and environmental challenges - what does this mean for future infrastructure development?
  • Is the Carbon Budget going to be met?
  • Will we see an increase in renewable infrastructure projects as a result of the Carbon Budget?
  • What does this mean for current energy projects?
  • How are projects going forward going to be supported?
  • What environmental challenges do projects face and how can they be overcome?
Sam Friggens
Senior Consultant - Energy Strategy & Innovation
Mott MacDonald
Afternoon Refreshments
Part 4: Ensuring future development in Wales and making Wales an industry leader
Case Study: lessons learnt and how they can be applied to future projects
  • What are the common challenges and pitfalls developers face during the consenting and planning application phase
  • Key lessons learnt and how can you apply them to your project to ensure successfully delivery?
Panel Discussion: what are the challenges facing infrastructure delivery in Wales? What can be done to make Wales a prosperous region?
  • Overcoming the barriers which face the delivery of new infrastructure to make Wales at the forefront of the industry
  • Innovations and technologies : the development of electric vehicles charging infrastructure
  • What can be done to simplify the consenting and application process to speed up infrastructure development?
  • What steps need to be taken to respond to technology advances
  • What challenges and opportunities does new infrastructure policy create for new schemes
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

Each session is followed by a Q&A session.