Chris is Senior Planning Manager at Queequeg Renewables. He is a Chartered Town Planner and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

 

Chris joined Queequeg in 2022 and brings 17 years of planning and development experience spanning government, consultancy, offshore energy construction and onshore energy provider. As a Chartered Town Planner, he’s been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 2009.

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“I specialise in the consenting of large-scale energy projects. I manage all UK planning and development activities across our portfolio of wind, solar and battery storage projects”
Christopher Binns
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What motivates you about the renewable energy sector?

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As a Planner, sustainability will always be at the forefront of everything I do. Early iterations of the National Planning Policy Framework described sustainable development as a ‘golden thread’ running through plan-making and decision-taking. That mindset, coupled with the drive to meet Net Zero 2050 targets means I can help facilitate lasting and meaningful change. I don’t think there is a more rewarding and progressive sector to be a part of.
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Besides gaining planning consent, what does your role entail?

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I lead our planning team on all activities from concept to completion. That includes site selection and due diligence, navigating the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and public consultation regimes and ensuring compliance during pre-construction phases. Assessing planning risk versus reward plays a key role in shaping our project development strategies and targets.
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How does your personality add value to the team?

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I’d like to think I’m always positive and that I help cultivate an environment that fosters open communication and innovation. Having worked in fast-paced project environments throughout my career, I naturally adapt to changing circumstances. I’m always pro-development and searching for solutions. I contribute to Queequeg's success by energising the team and driving results through synergy and cooperation.