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Can planning help tackle climate change? (Reading Climate Festival)

November 9, 2020 @ 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm

This event will look at the potential role property planning and development could play in tackling climate change.

Most new buildings and many new uses require planning permission. So can the planning system help to deliver climate change through both the development process and the ongoing use of these buildings?

The recent Planning White Paper (August 2020) seeks to support ‘sustainable growth in all parts of the country’. Does planning have a strong track record in supporting sustainability? What is the relationship between sustainability and the economic cycle? And does the planning system risk a ‘tick box’ rather than a holistic approach in seeking to deliver long term sustainability solutions?

These matters, and more, will be assessed in discussing whether the planning system can be a help, or a hindrance, to addressing climate change. We will also share an active example of how a local Reading-based property developer is using sustainability to combat the negative impacts of climate change.

The presentation will touch upon areas such as monitoring and measuring environmental performance, connecting with the community and building collaborative partnerships.

About the speakers

Daniel Lampard

A Senior Director at Lichfields, Daniel is the pre-eminent planning professional working in the Thames Valley and has a long track record of successful schemes. He advises a wide range of private and public sector clients on residential and mixed use development schemes on both greenfield and complex brownfield sites.

He is well connected with key officers and members within local planning authorities and acts for many house builders and commercial developers.

Recent projects have included the student accommodation scheme on the Oxpens site (Student Castle), The Horlicks Factory in Slough (Berkeley Homes) and the extension of Foundation Business Park in Maidenhead (JP Morgan).

Mark Wilkinson

Lincoln MGT, a joint venture with Lincoln Property Company, is delivering the Station Hill development. Since acquiring the site in June 2018, Lincoln MGT has worked with Reading Borough Council to develop a renewed vision for Station Hill.

Lincoln MGT’s ambition for Station Hill is to deliver a best in class regeneration project that will create the new gateway that Reading deserves. As a truly mixed-use development, it will become a new town quarter that fuses contemporary living, working, leisure and open community space.

The vision for the whole Station Hill site is for it to be a transformative project for Reading, creating a focal point for the town through substantial investment in new public spaces, landscaping, and greatly improving pedestrian accessibility, delivering approximately 100,000 sq. ft. of life-style led retail and leisure, 600,00 sq. ft. of office space and 1,200 Build to Rent Homes.

Hoare Lea have been working on this exciting project from concept stage and are extremely proud to have been part of this sustainable landmark development that will create a new destination for Reading.

Hoare Lea is an award-winning engineering consultancy with a creative team of engineers, designers and technical specialists. They provide innovative solutions to complex engineering and design challenges for buildings. Irrespective of the scale or complexity of a project, they provide a full range of MEP, environmental and sustainability services, bringing buildings to life and ensuring that they perform in operation as well as they look.

Mark Wilkinson is a Partner at Hoare Lea with over 20 years’ experience in building services and environmental design. He has always enjoyed collaborating to bring buildings to life and over the years has had experience across all sectors with a significant focus on residential led developments. A key part of his role is making sure they design buildings that are simple to operate and run whilst creating environments that people want to be in. Mark believes the company’s role in making buildings simple to build starts at feasibility stage and actively champions this as part of his role.

Mark will talk about the sustainable agenda, future regulations, planning and policy, Net Zero and the approach Hoare Lea adopted to Station Hill and key future planning considerations for developers.

Verity Leal

Verity has more than six years’ experience working across environmental, communications and corporate responsibility disciplines for private and public sector companies. She is nearing Chartership level attainment with the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. Verity has also produced environmental research for DEFRA, a Nuclear Defence GOCO company, Cheltenham Borough Council and The Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda.

Verity is passionate about ethical practices, working with charities and ensuring that companies do the right thing to reach sustainable development paths. She is taking a leading role in developing Ethical Reading’s Ethical Property programme and is also a sustainability champion.

Reading Climate Festival is a week long programme of free events to inspire action on climate change, curated by Reading Climate Action Network.


November 9, 2020
7.00 pm - 8.00 pm
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Ethical Reading
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