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Planning for Net Zero

In association with EDF Renewables
29 April 2024 at 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM / North East England /

29 April 2024 at 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hawthorn Square, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom, NE1 3SA
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Achieving Net Zero by 2050 will change all our lives.  In terms of planning practice, it has become an important material consideration affecting many decisions.

To smoothen the delivery of energy infrastructure essential to our net zero goal, we need to plan strategically and spatially. At the moment, national policy states what infrastructure we need and why we need them but not where. This leads to uncertainty among communities and developers and this in turn has caused delay.

The government has updated the energy NPS earlier this year. This is great news. However, as suggested by the National Infrastructure Commission, there needs to be a legal requirement for government departments to update key NPSs at least every five years. Out-of-date NPSs have led to delay in the infrastructure planning process.

Join us to hear about:

  • new forms of renewable energy
  • other measures to combat Climate Change 
  • consenting processes
  • the issues this raises both in development management and planning policy.


Tim Wheeler, Development Project Manager at EDF Renewables - Chair  

  • A local planning perspective on the Net Zero transition
    Tim Rippon, Associate Director, Net Zero Programmes - Turner & Townsend
  • The Role of National Grid in Achieving Net Zero
    Stephen Knight-Gregson, Head of External Affairs - National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET)

  • Renewables – Key Planning Issues
    Musa Choudhary, Project Development Manager at EDF Renewables

    Solar energy and achieving net zero in County Durham
  • Claire Bradley, Principal Planner at Durham County Council

    Ecology and BNG - the contribution of Renewables Energy Developments
  • Caroline Airson, Managing Director at Rocket Ecology

  • Landscape and Visual Assessment – Managing, Accommodating and Assessing Landscape Change in the move to Net Zero
    John Ingham, Landscape Planning Director at Stephenson Halliday

  • Innovative Energy Technologies
    Peter Nesbit, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland


This seminar is kindly sponsored by






Reading material

The Climate Crisis - A guide for local authorities on planning for climate change


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Learn more about our speakers

Tim Wheeler MRTPI

Project Development Manager – EDF Renewables

Steve Knight-Gregson

Head of External Affairs, English Regions, National Grid Electricity Transmission

Musa Choudhary

Principal Development Manager at EDF Renewables

Claire Bradley,

Principal Policy Officer (Spatial Policy Team) at Durham County Council

Caroline Airson, MCIEEM

Managing Director – Ecology at Rocket Ecology Ltd.

John Ingham

Landscape Planning Director at Stephenson Halliday

Peter Nesbit

Partner at Eversheds Sutherland