The Council carries out consultation to shape our policies and services, and ensure they meet the needs of our residents. Everyone should have the opportunity to have their say on issues that affect them.

Current consultations

West Dean Neighbourhood Development Plan Proposal

West Dean Parish Council has prepared and submitted to Forest of Dean District Council a neighbourhood development plan proposal.

You can submit your comments on the plan and its supporting documents up until 4.45pm Tuesday 4 July 2017.

For further information visit

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA 2017)

The District Council invites people and organisations to suggest where land in the district could be used for future possible housing, as it carries out its annual assessment of possible sites.

The purpose of SHLAA is to make an assessment of land availability, identifying a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for housing and economic development uses over the plan period. The assessment of land availability includes the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment requirement as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. All sites submitted will be assessed to see if they are potentially suitable for developments using this criteria.

SHLAA submission forms can be downloaded from the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment page on the Council's website or alternatively a paper copy can be requested by contacting Samm Jarman on 01594 812326 or email 

Forms must be returned by Friday 7 July 2017 to the Forward Planning Team, Forest of Dean District Council, High Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8HG. 

If you have a site or sites that were considered in previous years, you do not need to do anything unless you wish to make changes to the site, or remove it from the study. 

Any further sites put forward may be considered on a long-term basis and retained within the Council’s records for the future.

All information supplied to the District Council will be publicly available.

The Council stresses that inclusion in the SHLAA assessment does not determine whether a site will be allocated for housing development in the future.