Senior Planning Volunteer

Senior Planning Volunteer

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Campaigning
  • Rural and town planning
  • Research (qualitative / quantitative)


Welwyn, AL6 9LW
Mainly at the office, or mainly at home.
Travel limit? You should live in or near Hertfordshire, and may volunteer from home and/or in our Welwyn office


Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week
This role will require c. 3 hours per week, and the volunteer will need to be available in the daytime for occasional team meetings.


30 Jun 2024

Are you recently retired or working part-time? We are seeking someone with professional Planning experience to join our volunteer team, helping to protect and promote the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside for everyone to value and enjoy. 

What will you be doing?

We are seeking a new part-time senior volunteer to join our Planning team.  Together we monitor and respond to significant planning consultations, applications and appeals that may adversely impact on the countryside and the Green Belt throughout Hertfordshire. 

You will work closely with our Planning Manager in researching several significant planning applications each month and writing an initial draft of the Charity’s submission to the relevant Hertfordshire local planning authority.  Depending upon your interest and availability, there may also be the opportunity to assist with the Charity’s involvement in planning appeal Inquiries.

Typically the salient issues may include:

  • Inappropriate development on designated protected land such as the Green Belt or the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Cumulative impact related to other development proposals
  • Prematurity relative to an emerging Local Plan, or contrary to an adopted Local Plan
  • Issues pertaining to transport, water, heritage assets, biodiversity, or best and most versatile agricultural land

What are we looking for?

You should have meaningful prior professional Planning experience, ideally within a local planning authority, as well as:

  • the interest, skills and ability to research and synthesise relevant planning cases, planning policy, prior site history, etc
  • good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to make sense of complex information
  • readily available access to a computer and the internet at home, and have up-to-date computer skills including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
  • be detail-oriented, well-organised and reliable, and able to commit to volunteering regularly with occasional attendance at meetings in-person or virtually

What difference will you make?

By volunteering with us, you will be making a positive difference for the countryside and be a part of a friendly and committed team of staff and other volunteers.  You will also become a part of the wider CPRE network with access to events, workshops, and professional colleagues all across England.

Before you apply

Please include a cover note and your CV in applying for this role.

  • Campaigning
  • Environment
  • Organisation type: 

    CPRE Hertfordshire campaigns for the protection and enhancement of the Hertfordshire countryside for everyone to value and enjoy. We are a long-standing environmental charity and our members,...