Date and time: Saturday 6th May 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm
Location: Bledlow Village Hall, Chinnor Road, Bledlow, Bucks, HP27 9QF
On Saturday 6th May 2017, we will be holding our inaugural planning roadshow for Parish and Town Councils. We will be ‘Bringing the Planning System Back Home’ and talking about how local people can best influence planning matters in Buckinghamshire.
This is a free event open to parish and town council representatives. We have a limited number of tickets so please book your place beforehand. Light refreshments will be offered after the talks.
Our expert speakers:
Welcome Address by The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP
Cheryl Gillan is the MP for Chesham and Amersham and President of CPRE Buckinghamshire. Cheryl is the Vice Chair of All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ancient Woodland and the Environment and has been a long standing champion for protection of the countryside and Green Belt in Bucks.
Peter Lerner will be speaking about the recently published Housing White Paper, its influence on local planning policy and how local people can make the best use of the planning system.
Peter Lerner is a chartered town planner with over 40 years’ experience, working both as a local authority officer and as a consultant to local authorities. He has led planning teams in authorities in Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Greater London, and still retains his enthusiasm for an ever more complex and confusing planning system. Outside of work he is a loyal supporter of Wycombe Wanderers football club.
Dr Geoffrey Botting will be speaking about how to get the most out of a neighbourhood plan and answering key questions – Are neighbourhood plans worth the effort? What’s in it for the community? How do I start the process and what’s needed for success?
Geoff Botting is the vice-chair of the Woodcote Parish Council in Oxfordshire. He led the team that produced the Woodcote Neighbourhood Plan, one of the first dozen to be made nationally, and is currently leading the production of the village’s second Neighbourhood Plan. When he’s not involved in planning and parish matters, Geoff spends his time restoring old British motorcycles.
Dr Stan Jones will be speaking about what CPRE is doing to influence the planning system and provide closing remarks for the event.
Stan Jones is the Chair of CPRE Buckinghamshire, a Parish Councillor in Bucks and a trustee of the London Green Belt Council. Stan has also worked extensively with councils for the benefit of the community in Newcastle via City Challenges and Regeneration Partnerships. In addition to this, Stan has a keen interest in ceramic and pottery technology.
We hope you can join us for what is set to be a great and informative event.