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
Transforming the planning system and driving forward infrastructure development over the next 20 years
  • The latest updates on the National Development Framework (NDF)
  • What are the challenges and opportunities does the NDF present for future infrastructure
  • 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
  • What challenges and opportunities does new infrastructure policy create for new schemes


Liz Dunn
Burges Salmon
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
Energy consenting in Wales: What is needed to support the development of Wales’ future energy infrastructure
  • Current consenting challenges
  • Impact of the NDF
  • Support for energy projects and what else is needed
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
Delivering the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal – updates and lessons learnt
  • Navigating through the planning and consenting stages and what challenges were faced?
  • What opportunities will this project generate for the community and economic growth
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
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 future renewable infrastructure can we expect to come forward in Wales?


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

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