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Understanding Planning: our new training webinars

26th February 2024

CPRE Hertfordshire is pleased to launch our new online training webinars, suitable for anyone concerned about planning issues in their community. These are intended to help you understand the planning process, have your say, and influence the outcome.

Planning can be confusing! There are a lot of unfamiliar terms, regulations and processes. Some planning policies and decisions are determined locally and others at a national level. When you just want the best for your community, it can feel daunting to deal with the planning system.

We’re here to help. CPRE Hertfordshire campaigns to protect and promote the countryside, for everyone. For over 95 years our charity has been working within the planning system for the benefit of local people and communities who care about their local green spaces, nature and the environment.

Two of CPRE Hertfordshire’s senior planning professionals, Chris Berry and Alison Young, will present our new training webinars. Between them, Chris and Alison have over 60 years of professional planning experience (read their biographies below), and they’re eager to share their knowledge and answer your questions.  Each training webinar will include a presentation, followed by plenty of time for your questions.

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Understanding the Local Plan process and how to have your say

The first training webinar, “Understanding the Local Plan process and how to have your say”, will be held on Thursday 14th March, 1900 – 2030 on Zoom.

This session will include the “how” and “why” of Local Plans, including the various consultation stages, examination and adoption, how Neighbourhood Plans fit into the picture, and what the situation is with various Local Plans now pending.

Understanding the Planning Application process and how to have your say

The second training webinar, “Understanding the Planning Application process and how to have your say”, will be held on Thursday 18th April, 1900 – 2030 on Zoom.

This session will cover the planning application process from the pre-application stage right through to planning appeal Inquiries and determinations, with discussion of material planning considerations, and real examples.

Who should attend

Our planning training webinars are suitable for anyone with an interest in planning who wants to learn more. In particular we anticipate the following will wish to attend:

  • parish, town and district Councillors (and those who might like to become a Councillor)
  • those who are currently involved with a local campaign
  • residents who are concerned about development proposals in their local community
  • everyone who cares about the countryside nearby and wants to ensure it’s still there for future generations

Note, you need not be a Hertfordshire resident to gain benefit from our planning training. Although some of our examples will be Hertfordshire-based, the planning process and the issues we will be discussing are relevant throughout England.

How to book your place

Each webinar is “standalone” so you can choose to attend either one, or both.

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Cost to attend each webinar is £5 for CPRE Members, and £10 for Non-Members. (There is a small EventBrite fee per ticket, £1.13 for £5 tickets, and £1.55 for £10 tickets).

As a charity we rely on membership subscriptions and donations to fund our work. Join CPRE Hertfordshire and take advantage of a discount on each webinar plus other member benefits including regular publications, reports and briefings.


If you have any questions about our planning training webinars, please get in touch at

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Chris Berry  BA(Hons), Dip TP, MRTPI, FRSA – Planning Manager, CPRE Hertfordshire

Chris is a chartered town planner with over 40 years experience. He was Chief Planning Officer for several local planning authorities, including London and Hertfordshire Boroughs, with previous experience in development corporations and consultancy in the UK and overseas. He also served as a Borough Councillor in East Sussex and is completely committed to protecting the countryside through the planning system and working with local groups and interests.

Alison Young  BA (Hons), Cert. TP  Director of Alison Young Planning Associates

Alison has 30+ years experience in Local Government Planning departments including 10 years leading Development Management for East Hertfordshire District Council. Alison is a trustee of CPRE Hertfordshire and is passionate about promoting the enjoyment of our countryside whilst maintaining its intrinsic character and rural qualities.

CPRE Hertfordshire