07 October 2013

Balancing economic growth with conserving the natural environment and addressing people’s needs is the subject of the first-ever conference of the Northamptonshire Local Nature Partnership next week.

The event is designed to bring together business leaders, councillors and environmental professionals to gain insight into how the county can work towards a sustainable future.

Who's speaking?

The keynote speech will be made by Richard Benyon MP, the parliamentary under secretary of state for natural environment, water and rural affairs.

Other speakers will include the Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Rev Donald Allister and the director of public health and wellbeing for Northamptonshire, Dr Akeem Ali.

Simon Bovey, chairman of the Northamptonshire Local Nature Partnership, said: “Increased economic activity, if not managed correctly, can have a negative impact on the natural environment and that is what this conference is all about: finding ways of managing growth positively.

“This conference brings together all the relevant parties who can all work collectively to find appropriate solutions so we can continue to work towards prosperity while at the same time mitigating the impact on the environment.

“We have some big challenges ahead but I’m confident that through partnership we can achieve our common goals.”

This project has been supported by Defra, DCLG, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and Natural England.

When is the conference?

The conference will take place between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday, October 9 at the University of Northampton, Avenue Campus.