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

November 9 @ 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm

This event will look 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).

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.