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The Community Planning Alliance has been hosting webinars since its very beginning, as part of our mission to provide support and training for the many grassroots campaigners around the country.
Details of our upcoming webinars can be found on our Events Calendar, but if you are unable to attend on the day then the recording will be listed here shortly after.
NEW - Government's Environmental Targets consultation - what you need to know
New environmental targets have been set out by Government in an important consultation, with particular focus on:
- air quality,
- resource efficiency and waste reduction.
This webinar, recorded on April 28th 2022, was designed to help you learn more about these new Environmental Targets, and how you can have your say before the consultation ends on 11th May. Our speakers were:
- Richard Benwell, CEO of the Wildlife and Countryside Link
Richard told us why he believes the Government must aim higher, and why this eight week consultation is so important for the future of the environment and nature.
- Delyth Dyne, Deputy Head of Air Quality and Industrial Emissions at DEFRA.
Delyth leads DEFRA's work on National Air Quality Strategy, PM2.5 targets and the Air Quality Management Framework for Local Authorities. She explained why these targets and timescale have been proposed.
NEW - All about solar 'farms'
Solar promoters are contacting farmers and offering them far more money than they could earn growing food. Yet the cumulative impact on the environment, biodiversity and food security is not understood. Nor are the risks of batteries being taken into account.
At this event, jointly hosted with the Solar Campaign Alliance on April 21st 2022, we heard from three expert speakers:
- Professor Michael Alder, who gave us an overview of the Solar Campaign Alliance, and discussed national food security and the biodiversity impact of solar farms.
Michael is a Professor (Emeritus) of Rural Environment at Essex University, FRAgS, DL, and former principal of (the now known as) Writtle University College for 20 years.
- Richard Haynes BSc, who talked about the impact of solar farms on landscape and heritage settings.
Richard obtained a degree in Estate Management from University of Reading before becoming a Chartered Surveyor. His career was spent in private practice but he worked almost exclusively for central and local government, regularly appearing as an expert witness in planning inquiries. He is currently a Trustee of CPRE Essex.
- Dr Edmund Fordham, who told us all we need to know about battery storage.
Edmund is a a physicist and engineer in the energy industries, CPhys, CEng, FInstP.
Housing Need or Housing Demand - what's the difference & why does it matter?
Another excellent webinar from Leeds Beckett University Planning School, recorded on March 24th 2022, with guest speakers:
- David Madden - London School of Economics
- Peter Bill - Property Week & author of ‘Broken Homes’
- Jackie Copley & Andrew Wood - CPRE
- Merle Gering - FOI campaigner
How to fight an unsuitable 'Garden Community'
'Garden Communities' are all the rage with developers. They allow the presentation of developments that are much, much larger than normal as something different and special. They invariably are not.
Modern Garden Communities are sprawling, car-dependent and lacking in the 'community' required by the name. Often, the promised infrastructure is not deliverable and affordable homes are few and far between. The 'garden community' label allows developers to propose huge numbers of houses in locations that are often completely unsuitable.
The sheer size of these proposals can make them seem daunting and unstoppable. They are likely to be presented to communities as a 'done deal'. However that is not the case!
In this webinar, recorded on March 17th 2022, we heard from two north Essex campaigners, Richard Pavitt and Rosie Pearson, whose campaign groups saw off five enormous garden communities proposals. The largest being for 24,000 homes.
Richard and Rosie explained what they learned during their campaigns and shared their top tips on how to get behind developer promises and oppose an unsuitable garden community.
Meet a Planning Inspector
Campaign groups operating within the planning system will, at some stage, be very likely called to attend a Local Plan examination or an appeal hearing. In that situation, there will be only one arbiter: a planning inspector.
It can be daunting for community representatives to attend these hearings. They will be faced with rows of planning officers, consultants and lawyers - all experts in their fields and for whom appeals hearings are bread and butter.
We were therefore delighted that the Planning Inspectorate lent us an inspector for our webinar on March 3rd 2022!
Some of the subjects she advised us on are:
- how community groups should prepare;
- how best to present your evidence - both in writing and in person;
- and what are the most important do's and don'ts.
Planning, the Tilted Balance and the Property Lobby
Planning for housing supply in England is governed by a presumption in favour of sustainable development, otherwise known as the ‘tilted balance’. The tilted balance makes the proving of harm that might result from a development much more onerous. Has the balance between public and property interests in planning tilted too far?
Recorded on February 24th 2022, this Leeds Beckett University Planning School webinar was Chaired by Dr Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning and Housing Studies at Leeds Beckett University. With guest speakers:
- Bob Colenutt - Author of ‘The Property Lobby’;
- Constanze Bell - Planning Barrister, King’s Chambers;
- Emma Lancaster - Director, Quod Planning Consultancy.
Considering Opportunities for Local Measuring & Monitoring of Air Pollution (Session 2)
The Community Planning Alliance held the second of three planned events aimed at engaging communities more actively in the air pollution/air quality debate on Tuesday 8th February 2022, continuing the (non-polluting) journey to take action to reduce the harmful contaminants in our air. This second session focused on increasing local measuring and monitoring of air pollution and how communities can get involved.
It was, once again, a very interesting and informative webinar, with three great guest speakers:
- Professor Stephen Peckham, who helped us to understand why we should be undertaking local monitoring of air pollution;
- Graham Turnbull, who provided a very practical demonstration, showing us how to build our own air quality monitors;
- Mike Josephs, who talked about rural air quality monitoring and the concept of the Smart Village.
Their contact details can be found in the presentation pack, which includes all the slides from the event.
How to become a Councillor (and why)
Recorded on 27th January 2022, this inspiring webinar focuses on why Local politics are so important and how you can become a Councillor and make a difference in your community. With guest speakers:
- Joanne Beavis - Parish Councillor, District Councillor & former County Councillor
- Tom Walsh - Parish Councillor, District Councillor & former Town Planner
- Simon Thomas - CPA Committee Member, campaigner & former Parish Councillor
Engaging Communities in the Air Pollution/Air Quality Debate (Session 1)
The Community Planning Alliance has been supported by Andrew Jackson, Head of the Government's Joint Air Quality Unit (DfT/DEFRA) to develop a series of short events aimed at actively engaging member organisations and other community representatives in discussions about next steps in the campaign to drive improvements to air quality in the UK.
At the first of three sessions, recorded on December 7th 2021, our three distinguished speakers were:
- Andrew Jackson - Head of the Defra/DfT Joint Air Quality Task Force
- Professor Roy Harrison (OBE, FRS) - University of Birmingham
- Heather Henry (RN, BSc (Hons) Nursing, MBA, Queen's Nurse) - Founder of Breathchamps
We discussed the debate to date, on targets for air pollution, the complexities, the range of pollutants, the impact on our health and wellbeing, and much more.
Please Note: You can also view/download the slide presentation that accompanied this webinar by clicking here.
Into The Lions' Den - Preparing for Examination of a Local Plan
Examination in Public is the end game for campaigners, often after years of consultations and plan-making. Once you get to the ‘Reg 19’ consultation, or Draft Submission Plan, then you have only one audience: a Planning Inspector.
Getting your consultation response right at this stage is crucial because it determines whether you get a seat at the table or not. Preparation for the hearings is key – you need to think about hearing statements, your team and your strategy. This webinar, recorded on November 18th 2021, will give you top-tips for this all-important stage of the planning process, with input from:
- Caroline Dibden, campaigner & CPA Secretary, who has survived the experience and won battles;
- Naomi Luhde-Thomson, planning expert at Rights : Community : Action.
This webinar is intended to help level the playing field. EiP’s are full of barristers and planning consultants. We hope it will help you to go into your Examination confident and fully prepared.
Biodiversity Net Gain - problems & solutions
Recorded on November 4th 2021, this helpful webinar includes contributions from:
- Sophus zu Ermgassen, based at Kent University, carried out research for his PhD which explored the ecological outcomes of mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain using evidence from early-adopter jurisdictions in England. He told us what he discovered ... and what community groups should look out for.
- Max Heaver, of DEFRA's Net Gain Policy and Legislation, Land Use Division, spoke to us about his work and then took questions from the audience.
- Rosie Pearson, Chairman of the Community Planning Alliance, talked through the responses to the CPA survey - whether people like BNG or loathe it, and what suggestions they have to improve it.
How to deal with the press
In this webinar, recorded on October 12th 2021, journalist & writer, Ros Coward, shares her top tips for campaigners dealing with the press.
Learn about the importance of building and maintaining press relationships, of thinking of inventive, relevant and newsworthy angles, and of considering who you seek to influence and what your goal is.
Other useful topics include the five why's of headline writing - who, what, when, where, why - which will prove useful for all those writing press releases, and why local press is just as important (if not more important) than national press.
Turning consultation into participation
Recorded on July 27th 2021, this talk by David Farnsworth, who has a professional background in urban development, planning, and democratic participation for both the private and public sectors, gives us pointers on how to encourage our Councils to work with us: turning consultation into community participation.
All about Neighbourhood Plans
In this talk, recorded in July 2021, you'll hear top tips for developing a successful Neighbourhood Plan, followed by questions and answers from the audience.
Our speakers were CPA Committee Member, Simon Thomas, and Nick Stenning, both of whom survived the Neighbourhood Plan process in Hampshire and are here to tell the tale.
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If so, please contact us today!