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Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

Assistant Planning Volunteer (South Derbyshire)

Could you spare an hour or so per week to help the countryside by being our “eyes and ears” in the South Derbyshire area?

We are looking for a volunteer who can keep a look out for significant local planning applications that are controversial or inappropriate and let us know about them.

Training and ongoing support will be provided. You don't need professional expertise to do this voluntary role; just enthusiasm and common sense.

Join our friendly team today!


Training and meetings are virtual but it is helpful if the volunteer lives in the South Derbyshire district

Is the location accessible for those with physical disabilities or limited mobility?

Not Applicable

Is the location accessible by public transport?

Not Applicable


Could this role be carried out virtually or through a hybrid volunteering model?


Is a criminal record check (DBS) required for this role?


Is a driving license required?


Are expenses covered?

Yes, TRAVEL Only

What will you be doing?

Investigating planning applications with an impact on the countryside for
example by viewing proposals online or at the local planning offices
Occasionally visiting proposed development sites to look at plans and
record details
Providing your CPRE group with relevant local and site information,
sharing information with other volunteers and attending meetings where
Liaising with parish and district councils and other conservation bodies
Liaising National CPRE teams to contribute to consultations and policy

What skills are required?

An interest in the countryside and environmental issues
Previous experience in the planning sector and knowledge of the planning system is desirable but not essential
An eye for detail and an interest in investigative work
A willingness to visit the local planning office and proposed development sites
Happy carrying out tasks independently and as part of a team
Good written and verbal communication skills
Access to a computer and the internet at home and be comfortable using them
Be able to commit to volunteering regularly to suit your availability with occasional attendance at meetings

Will training be given or available?

Yes, our friendly team will provide you with training and support to develop in your role. You’ll gain valuable skills and experience in the planning process for a range of different developments.

Additional important information

What's in it for you
Use your skills and experience to contribute to the success of our charity
and make a positive difference to the countryside
Meet like-minded people and enjoy being part of a team
Enhance your CV by developing new skills and gaining valuable
We’ll support you to develop in your volunteering role and provide you
with relevant training
We’ll give you a reference for your future work or volunteering
The opportunity to attend a volunteer induction day at CPRE’s national
office in London or a regional centre
We provide out-of-pocket travel expenses

For further information on this opportunity and more please complete this form:

Alternatively email quoting the opportunity number stated below.


Virtual (Home Based)

Volunteer Opportunity No.


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