Cardiff Conference to Showcase Best Practice in Public Consultation

Picture caption: Carole-Anne Davies CEO Design Commission for Wales - speaker at the conference

Anyone involved in the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects knows that the stakes can be high and that barriers to success can come in many forms.

Early and effective communication with key stakeholders and local communities is more important than ever, as planning authorities become more demanding and new technology enables communities to mobilise opposition to major projects. Some developers find that winning the battle for ‘hearts and minds’ can be as challenging as constructing the hard planning arguments.

A conference in Cardiff on the 26th November will explore how organisations responsible for delivering large infrastructure projects in Wales are approaching stakeholder engagement and community consultation, how the political landscape changing and what methods are proving the most effective.

Speakers include the Chief Executive of the Design Commission for Wales, Carole-Anne Davies; head of Natural Resources Wales’s Strategic Planning Group, Keith Davies and Elywn Thomas, chief executive of Planning Aid Wales. Two of Wales’s most active renewable energy developers, RES and RWE npower will also share their experiences with conference delegates, who will also hear from legal, planning and communications specialists.

The event is organised by Waterfront Conference Company, which specialises in political conferences covering sectors like planning, infrastructure and transport.

Conference manager Carrie Swift said: “The Cardiff conference has been staged in response to the increase in complex infrastructure projects that are coming forward in Wales, particularly in the energy and waste sectors. Delegates will take away practical tips and advice on how to approach public consultation for projects in sensitive areas and learn about current ‘best practice’ in engagement practices and techniques.

“Speakers will also be sharing their own, first-hand experiences of consultations on major projects like RWE’s 84MW wind farm project at Brechfa Forest in Carmarthenshire, the first onshore wind farm in the UK to be granted planning under the UK Government’s new NSIP process, and Greater Manchester’s ground-breaking £3.8 billion waste management project .”

The full day event will be hosted by global law firm Eversheds at its offices in Cardiff’s Callahagn Square. For more information or to book places CALL (0207) 067 1597 or visit



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