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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 09:18

Green Plots to Plots of Gold - Buyer Beware

Several years ago we at CPRE Hertfordshire learned about what we call "plotlands". These are created by the land owner and are plots of land that are about 1/6th of an acre, enough on which to build at least one house.

Read the full story in the attachment.



Tuesday, 03 December 2019 13:29

Berkhamsted Common Late Autumn Walk

This 4.1 mile circular walk starts and ends at the rail station in Berkhamsted in the west of the county HP4 2AJ . Nearly all of the walk is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the first half of the route follows part of the Hertfordshire Way, the 195 mile long-distance path around the whole of Hertfordshire.

Map and directions

View all CPRE Herts walks here

Changing weather patterns, as the impacts of climate change become more and more apparent, are putting pressure on the ability of the water resources companies, Affinity Water in Hertfordshire, to produce what we demand.

Chalk streams are suffering from over-abstraction of water from the aquiver and new and replacement sources must be found but not a new reservoir at Abingdon.

The CPRE county branches, including CPRE Hertfordshire, across the East of England are holding a one day conference on Water Resources on Wednesday, 29th April 2020 at the Fleet Community Centre, Fletton, Peterborough.

The guest speaker at the conference will be Fergal Sharkey OBE, former rock star and chalk stream campaigner. Other speakers will be representing Water Resources East, Plantlife UK and Middle Level Commissioners.  The full program will be available in the New Year.

Please make a note of the date and if you would like to register now, please contact:
Tracey Hipson, CPRE East of England, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
CPRE Hertfordshire

CPRE Hertfordshire objects to this expansion. We have a climate emergency. It urges members and residents to say no to the proposals to grow Luton Airport from 18 to 32 million passengers per annum. The consultation runs to the 16th December 2019.  https://futureluton.llal.org.uk/ . CPRE Hertfordshire endorses the fact that people and organisations are questioning their need to fly more than ever, and that the alternatives to flying must be improved. As people vote with their feet the forecasts of air traffic growth are unsound as well as highly damaging.

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 10:20

2019 Rural Living Awards Presented



The Presentation Evening in October was a successful evening celebrating efforts made by individuals, groups and businesses to improve life in their community and/or to enhance the environment in Hertfordshire.


The Award Scheme recognises those who work so hard to protect, promote and enhance the countryside and towns or villages to make Hertfordshire a better place to live, work, go to school or enjoy for today and the future. Everyone was eager to hear who would be receiving an Award.

Our thanks go to the Chair of Herts County Council who sponsored the evening. Mayors, Chairs and Councillors from the District and Borough Councils joined the celebrations and everyone was delighted to hear about the amazing things happening across the county.


Tuesday, 05 November 2019 13:56

CPRE Hertfordshire Winter 2019 Newsletter

We are pleased to publish our latest newsletter "Winter 2019" available as a download. Please enjoy reading our latest news and we would appreciate any feedback to enable us to improve this newsletter.



Tuesday, 29 October 2019 13:34

2019 Children’s Art Competition - Results

This is a long standing and well-loved part of the CPRE Hertfordshire calendar, in 2019 the theme was The Trees of Hertfordshire. The children were asked to think about trees; what they look like from a distance or close up, the ecosystems they support and how trees help to keep a balance in nature and the benefits they bring to health and wellbeing. The trees could be in the countryside, in their garden, school grounds or anywhere else. We hope this encourages children to enjoy the natural world through art

This year our walks will explore more of Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside and diverse landscapes.

The 2019 Autumn Walk is a 4.6 mile circular walk which takes in some lovely countryside in the Brocket Hall estate, through the Lea Valley, and along the Ayot Greenway.



CPRE Herts responses to Stevenage significant planning applications are stored here



  • Visit CPRE’s Planning Help website and the helpful page Planning Explained for information about the Local Plan process and how to get involved.
  • Visit your Council’s website to learn more about the details of the Plan and the consultation timetable and closing date.
  • Contact your Parish/Town Council and attend any local meetings about the Plan.
  • Find out if there is a local campaign or residents’ group working on a response to the Plan.
  • Raise your concerns with your District Councillor(s) and MP.
  • Visit our website to see examples of our responses to other Local Plan consultations in Hertfordshire. Examples of Local Plan Responses
  • Email us with your views so that we can consider including them in our response to the Council – we would need your comments ideally 2 weeks before the consultation closing date.
  • Respond to the Council’s consultation and send us a copy.
  • Encourage others in your area to respond to the consultation.
  • Join CPRE Hertfordshire or make a donation – the more members we have, the more influence we can have. As a charity we rely on membership subscriptions/donations and fundraising for all our work.
  • Join us here

CPRE Hertfordshire Planning Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.          Sep 2019

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