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Local planning volunteers needed to help ensure the right development in the right place

30th March 2021

CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity is looking for volunteers from across the New Forest and Waterside to help respond to planning applications and local and neighbourhood plans affecting the area’s countryside and green spaces.

CPRE Hampshire volunteers play an important role in campaigning for the right development in the right place. They help to influence planning outcomes for the benefit of communities and based on local needs. This includes homes that people can genuinely afford to live in and developments which are in sustainable locations.

The charity’s Volunteer Coordinator, Natalie Hargreaves says: ‘Everyone needs a place to live, but they also need a thriving and quality environment with access to green space. Over the last 12 months, the coronavirus pandemic has reminded us why our local countryside and green space is so important.

For many people, especially families with children living without a garden, access to public green space has become a lifeline. We have all become more aware then ever of the positive links between direct exposure to green space, and our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.’

If you have a keen interest in the protection of your local green space, alongside some experience of local planning issues (not essential as training and support will be provided), this role could be for you. For information on all CPRE Hampshire volunteering opportunities please visit or call 01962 841897.

CPRE Hampshire works to promote, enhance and protect a thriving Hampshire countryside. For up-to-date information on CPRE Hampshire activity please visit the website and sign up to the free monthly e-newsletter or consider joining as a member.

Daffodils at Exbury Gardens in the New Forest Bob Hart