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CPRE Bucks Planning Roadshow

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, CPRE Bucks held its inaugural planning roadshow for parish and town councils. Titled ‘Bringing the Planning System Back Home’, the event focused on how local people can best influence planning matters in Buckinghamshire. We were delighted to welcome 50 parish and town council representatives to Bledlow Village Hall for this successful event.

Presentations can be downloaded using the link at the bottom of this page.

You can also see a write up of the event by Jon Harvey, Mayor of Buckingham Town Council, here: http://themayorofbuckingham.blogspot.co.uk/

Our expert speakers:

Welcome Address by The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan PC

Cheryl Gillan is President of CPRE Buckinghamshire and the parliamentary candidate for Chesham and Amersham. 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 spoke 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 spoke about how to get the most out of a neighbourhood plan, drawing on his experience developing the Woodcote NP. Geoff highlighted the steps and resources required to get a plan in place and concluded that producing one is well worth the effort.

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 spoke about what CPRE is doing to influence the planning system and provided closing remarks for the event, highlighting opportunities to get involved in our work.

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.

For any questions please contact Louise Hartley, Branch Manager, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01844 348829.

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