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Planning and energy – two big environmental challenges we face

Jun 28, 2012

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Vicki Elcoate

How do we plan to meet our energy needs? With UK government agendas including nuclear, renewables and energy saving, what changes do we need to plan for? How can the localism agenda deliver and what are the conflicts?

The UK Environmental Law Association welcomes journalists interested in these issues at its conference in Southampton July 6th-8th.

Speakers include Andrew Lee, Director of Strategy at the South Downs National Park Authority, which is still in its infancy and facing development pressures in a nationally protected landscape. Leading planning lawyers, David Elvin QC and Richard Ford, join Neil Sinden of the Campaign to Protect Rural England reviewing the changes to the planning system. Dr Cameron Hepburn, of LSE, Marcus Trinick QC of Eversheds and Simon Roberts of the Centre for Sustainable Energy discuss whether we can have a green energy future, and where future plans on nuclear and renewables might lead. Energy campaigner, Baroness Worthington, will also speak.

You can read the full programme here.

Journalists are welcome to attend any of the plenary sessions and accommodation can be arranged, if needed.

Richard Kimblin, Vice Chair of UKELA and barrister specialising in energy and natural resources work, said “The imperative for new and renewable sources of energy and the fact of often substantial environmental impacts is a friction which causes significant heat locally and is a source of national debate. UKELA is bringing together some of the key interests and observers in this contentious area to shed light on what has to be achieved and the consenting process which seeks to accommodate those competing interests.”

Notes to the editors:

The Conference is being held at Solent University starting at 5pm on Friday July 6th. UKELA is grateful to the following for sponsoring the conference: Landmark Chambers, 39 Essex Street, WSP Environment and Energy.

Richard Kimblin is a barrister at No5 Chambers.

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