Nicholle Phillips, Strategic Land Director at Arnold White Group, delivered a talk recently at a panel session of the ADEPT Excellence in Place Leadership programme.
Joining other speakers such as Marian Spain, Chief Executive of Natural England, and Andy Mitchell, Chief Executive of Tideway and Co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council, the talk was delivered as part of an all-day session titled “Re-imagining our approach to carbon zero through nature conservation”.
The session focussed on nature conservation as a key aspect of achieving zero carbon, with attendees asked to focus on it as a “low-profile” way to help reach zero carbon and consider its complicated funding landscape. Attendees were asked to shape up a more comprehensive approach to investment in nature conservation renewal and how this might look.
Nicholle introduced attendees to Arnold White Group’s innovative “green-growth” approach, which focuses on four strands: housing, care and training; employment and job creation; turbines and solar arrays; and electric vehicle charging (including municipal and Ultra-Rapid).
She shared Arnold White Group’s plans for an EV Charging Station at its site in Checkley Wood, near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, which follows on from successful planning consents there for wind turbines and a solar array.
Explaining how an Electric Vehicle Transport Hub at Checkley Wood would see the creation of a facility that, by 2031, would potentially charge over 200 electric vehicles per day, Nicholle pointed out the major benefits this would provide to the local area.
She also worked with the group on how being a leader within your own organisation can also make an impact. The importance of being proactive and exploring opportunities to partner or collaborate with the private or public sector whilst understanding the current political dynamics and latest thinking for Net Zero Carbon were all discussed by the group.
Nicholle summed up her talk with a quote from Fiona Howie, the Chief Executive of the Town and Country Planning Association who recently pronounced that: “…the planning system can and must play a crucial role in tackling the Climate Crisis and enabling places to adapt so they are more resilient to the impacts of climate change.”