Top planners have been given an insight into how Anglesey is dealing with one the UK’s largest infrastructure projects.
The consenting challenges and opportunities posed by the proposed construction of a new nuclear power station - as well as a number of other significant energy related developments – are both vast and complex.
Wylfa Newydd and other future major projects were highlighted during a meeting with Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) President, Janet Askew, recently.
Developments of the magnitude of Wylfa Newydd present many challenges and opportunities. Planners and local politicians have to quickly learn about the immense complexities of managing the consent process for new nuclear build, the construction phase, associated developments and supply chain issues.
Joined on her visit to Llangefni by Roisin Willmott, Director of RTPI Cymru, they met with representatives from the Isle of Anglesey County Council and senior planning officials from across North Wales.
Planning portfolio holder, Councillor Arwel Roberts (with Roisin and Janet below), explained, “The planning and consenting challenges currently faced by the County Council are immense. Our decision to establish a ‘Major Energy Programme Delivery Team’ in 2012 has been crucial in helping to manage our statutory planning role.”
“The team plan and deliver all statutory consenting processes linked to the major energy developments; work with developers and, ultimately, help ensure that the Island benefits from these proposed major infrastructure projects.”
This work has also complemented the Council’s Energy Island Programme which provides a collaborative public/private response to ensure Anglesey and North Wales region can capitalise on jobs, skills and supply chain opportunities.
During her visit, RTPI President, Janet Askew, said, “Developments of the magnitude of Wylfa Newydd present many challenges and opportunities. Planners and local politicians have to quickly learn about the immense complexities of managing the consent process for new nuclear build, the construction phase, associated developments and supply chain issues.”
“Whilst on Anglesey, I’ve been impressed with the approach to negotiating with the energy industry, whilst also taking into account the wider needs of local communities and North Wales as a whole. This illustrates the knowledge and skills needed by town planners working on major infrastructure projects, who are required to address these issues in a timely manner, whilst also conducting the statutory functions of planning for the local area.”