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Planning for Renewables HYBRID Seminar,

20 June 2023 at 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM / South West England / England / United Kingdom / Conference / Online

20 June 2023 at 10:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Somerset County Cricket Club, St. James Street, Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom, TA1 1JT
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SOLD OUT for in person delegates. Virtual delegate places are still available.
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RTPI South West welcomes to you their CPD Seminar series for 2023. This is a HYBRID Seminar so you may opt to attend in-person or virtually. We hope this enables the event to be as inclusive as possible.


This full day seminar will provide a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of increasing renewable energy generation. We will explore the unique requirements facing different forms and scales of renewable energy developments. As well as energy generation we will also explore the planning process and assessments required for delivering a low carbon economy.  

Speakers and Topics

  • Keynote – Planning for Renewable Energy Futures - The Scale of the Challenge'
    In his presentation, Richard will outline the scale of the challenge of energy decarbonisation, the key goals, time frames and policy objectives. From this, Richard will discuss the potential implications for the scale of renewable energy development required, including the contending infrastructural scenarios in circulation, and the different planning challenges they create. He will conclude by outlining the key dilemmas for planning policy and practice: how best to integrate imperatives for target delivery, public engagement, careful siting and community benefit; and how best to convey the spatial challenges of renewable energy expansion to the heart of government energy policy.
    Richard Cowell, Cardiff University

  • Barriers and opportunities for delivering Net Zero and climate resilience through the local planning system – Interim Research Findings
    Neil Best, CSE
    Celia Davis, TCPA

  • Renewable Energy Planning Policy…where are we now?
    Rebecca Windemer, Regen

  • Developing policy on renewable energy and allocating broad areas for renewables - lessons
    from Cornwall
    In February 2023 Cornwall Council adopted its Climate Emergency Development Plan Document. One of the
    first of its kind to be adopted, the document sets out a range of new planning policies to help address the climate emergency in Cornwall, including new energy efficiency standards, net gain, coastal resilience and broad areas for renewables. With the new areas recently examined and adopted, the presentation will reflect on the process of identifying areas, evidence needs, the process of engagement and examination in public and how the policies are going to work.   
    Robert Lacey, Planning Policy Team Leader, Cornwall Council

  • Consenting Renewables: Which, what, where, how and when?
    With the why firmly understood Cathryn will consider which what where when and how of consenting renewable projects from the LPA’s perspective.  This will include:

    • Which consenting regime applies for what type of renewable energy;
    • What the LPA needs to do, when (and how!);
    • Where does the Government see EIA going – Environmental Outcome Reports
    Cathryn Tracey, Director at Burges Salmon

  • Energy strategies and design implications
    Ross French, Mesh Projects

  • Battery Storage – challenges and making provisions
    Gary Wilson, Planning Director at Barton Willmore now Stantec

  • Heat pumps – Why, what, where and how
    A look at the impact that heat pump technologies have on the environment, on carbon mitigation and on improving housing and air quality
    Bean Beanland, Director for Growth & External Affairs at the Heat Pump Federation

  • Case study – Delivering Air Source Heat Pumps in conservation areas – 
    Rhiannon Smith, Sustainability Associate at Stantec


Please follow the booking links below.  

If you wish to do a group booking please contact [email protected] 

RTPI South West are happy to support RTPI Members and Students who are unemployed or financially precluded from attending local CPD events. Please contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities. 

Speakers needed

If you would like to speak at this or other events, please do get in touch.

Sponsorship Opportunities

RTPI South West have a range of sponsorship opportunities for a number of events in the year, so please do get in touch to discuss. As well as supporting events which raise the profile of planning, they are a great way of aligning to your organisation values and goals.