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
Planning today for a better future: Setting the policy context for infrastructure development in Wales
  • Understanding the existing policy context
  • Current challenges and opportunities for the delivery of infrastructure in Wales
  • Lessons from other regimes and the key requirements for delivery
Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
Transforming the planning system and driving forward infrastructure delivery over the next 20 years
  • Proposals for reform – NDF and Welsh Infrastructure Consents regime
  • Does the NDF go far enough?
  • What next for for energy, housing and transport?
Ben Lewis
Infrastructure and Energy Director
Barton Willmore
Renewable Energy consenting in Wales: what is needed to deliver the Welsh Government’s targets?
  • Current consenting challenges
  • Is the DNS system delivering?
  • What more is needed to support the delivery of renewable energy projects across Wales?
Rhys Wyn Jones
Head of RenewableUK Cymru
RenewableUK Cymru
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?
John Lloyd Jones OBE
National Infrastructure Commission for Wales
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
Will the proposed consenting and policy changes deliver infrastructure in Wales?
Ben Lewis
Infrastructure and Energy Director
Barton Willmore
Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
Rhys Wyn Jones
Head of RenewableUK Cymru
RenewableUK Cymru
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
Keith Davies
Head of Sustainable Places Land and Sea
Natural Resources Wales
What does the UK’s new net-zero target mean for carbon budgets and future infrastructure development?
  • What infrastructure do we need to meet UK net-zero by 2050?
  • What are the key challenges to delivering this infrastructure?
  • How does net-zero impact infrastructure at the project level?
  • Next steps – urgent actions to deliver net-zero
Sam Friggens
Senior Consultant - Energy Strategy & Innovation
Mott MacDonald
Afternoon Refreshments
Part 4: Ensuring future development in Wales and making Wales an industry leader
Local energy planning for a zero carbon future, getting communities involved
  • Gaining public support with new infrastructure and large scale energy projects 
  • What are the challenges and key lessons learnt from commercial schemes as well as shared and locally owned renewable energy projects in Wales 
Jodie Giles
Senior Project Manager
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 future renewable infrastructure can we expect to come forward in Wales?


Cora Kwiatkowski
Divisional Director
Stride Treglown
Eleri Davies
Head of Consents
innogy Renewables UK
Jodie Giles
Senior Project Manager
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

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