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Renewable Energy

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 at 9:30AM - 1:00PM
SmartLIFE Low Carbon Centre, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2QT, UK
£50+VAT RTPI Members, £60+VAT non-members
block booking discount form available - ask for information
RTPI East of England

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Renewable energy has been controversial. However, there is real concern about our energy supply and reserves, and reducing our carbon footprint is a key national and international target. The NPPF positively encourages renewable energy and advises that local planning authorities should have a positive strategy to promote energy from renewable and low carbon sources. 

Local Authorities are increasingly faced with applications for wind turbines and solar parks.  Coupled with the need to promote renewable energy, there is also encouragement to react to localism and the local voice and ensure the protection of the countryside from inappropriate development.  In an area of the country with nationally important landscape designations, significant numbers of listed buildings and vocal community groups and parish councils, the challenge is how to balance the national need for renewables with the need to protect.

This half-day seminar will provide some valuable insight into some of the challenges faced, including some case studies on current schemes within the East of England.


"Welcome to SmartLIFE" - David Arkell, SmartLIFE Low Carbon Centre

"Overview of Renewables" - Peter Fane RICS

"Wind Farms: Developing a Wind Farm, the Policy Context and the Main Planning Issues" - Helen Wilson, RES

"Wind Farms: Update on the Legal/Policy Context and Emerging Differences in the Approach to Assessment of Impacts on Setting" - Roy Lewis, Partner, Grover Lewis Associates

"Solar Parks - Overview and Case Studies" - Adrian French, AGRenewables and Liz Beighton, Suffolk Coastal District Council