Thursday 19 October
10:00am – 12:30pm
This online workshop is for community and local energy stakeholders in Northern Powergrid’s region who want to learn about planning for renewables, discussing the policy changes and consultations that have been held this year as well as broader issues with planning faced by community energy groups.
We recognise the range of organisations and groups interested in the net zero transition and therefore endeavor to make all of our sessions accessible to everyone.
10:00 – Introduction
George Middlemiss, local energy analyst, regen
10:05 – An introduction to planning for community renewables
Rebecca Windemer, planning and communities lead, Regen
10:20 – Engaging local people in the planning process
Dr Catherine Queen, lecturer in planning, University of Liverpool
10:35 – Experience with planning for a community project
Nick Hayward/Bill Grainger, Humshaugh Net Zero
10:45 – Understanding planning law
Cathryn Tracey, director, Burges Salmon
10:50 – Breakout group discussion
Facilitated breakouts will focus on exploring participants experiences with planning and the support needed.
- What is your existing knowledge and what do you want to learn from today?
- What are you developing as a community?
- Have you engaged with the planning system in the past or have plans to in the future?
- Do you have advice for others community organisations working on a project that needs planning?
11:30 Tea Break
11.40 – Local Authority insight on planning for community renewables
Robert Lacey, policy group leader, Cornwall Council
11:50 – Future energy landscapes – a new model for community engagement
Dan Stone, senior planner, Centre for Sustainable Energy
12:05 – Panel session and Q&A