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Allocations Plan


The Allocations Plan will show how the proposals in the Core Strategy will be implemented. Together with the Core Strategy and the Cinderford Northern Quarter Area Action Plan (CNQAAP) it will form the new Local Plan for the Forest of Dean.

The primary role of the Allocations Plan is to provide the detail of how and where policies in the Core Strategy will be implemented. It will contain allocations for development but also protective designations and will also include revised defined settlement boundaries. It  will sit within the context of the Core Strategy and has to be in conformity with it.

The Allocations Plan will replace the remaining parts of the old style 2005 Local Plan Review which have not been replaced by either the Core Strategy or the CNQAAP. The new document will include sites for housing, employment, shopping and other built This stage is a formal part of the process and represents the last opportunity to comment on the Allocations Plan and accompanying Sustainability Appraisal (SA) before it is submitted to the Secretary of State. The Publication Plan, along with the representations received during the eight week period will be formally submitted to the Secretary of State for Public Examination. development but also areas that need to be protected including the green spaces within settlements and sites of ecological and historical importance.  Many of the existing sites are expected to be retained.  Where they have planning permission then these are commitments which will be reflected in the new document.  Others appropriate to the Core Strategy will also expect to remain where they can be demonstrated to remain able to be implemented and appropriate for the Core Strategy.  The Allocations Plan will include detailed maps for the whole area.

The new document will be the bridge between the strategic and the very local, and will closely guide future planning applications.  It needs to ensure that the Core Strategy can be implemented and it covers the entire District except for the Cinderford Northern Quarter. 
Because it is the link between the Core Strategy and individual sites and settlements, the Allocations Plan has an important role in implementing the government’s wish to plan locally, taking into account the views of local communities.  The Forest of Dean District Council consider that local communities’ involvement at this stage is vital and that it is also the key to realisation of Localism. 
The proposed milestone dates (updated August 2015) for the Allocations Plan Document are listed below:





Pre hearing dateHearing start dateReport date


Allocations DPDFebruary 2012March 201528th August 2015TBCTBCTBCJune 2016

Submission Draft

The Forest of Dean District Council submitted the Allocations Plan Submission Draft August 2015 and associated documentation to the Secretary of State on 28th August 2015, for independent examination by a Planning Inspector. A Planning Inspector will be appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the document is sound.

The Allocations Plan Document and Sustainability Appraisal submitted to the Secretary of State can be found below.  

Allocations Plan

Allocations Plan Submission Draft August 2015

Statement of Fact
Statement of Fact

Supporting documents relevant to the preparation of the plan may be viewed here


The Allocations Plan and supporting documents may also be viewed at

  • The Forest of Dean Council Offices in Coleford Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.45pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm
  • all local libraries including Gloucester and Chepstow during their opening hours.



Allocations Plan Examination

Following submission of the Allocations Plan to the Secretary of State an examination is conducted to determine whether the document is sound.

The Programme Officer for the Allocations Plan examination is Tracey Smith, an independent officer who will liaise between the Inspector, the Council and respondents. She should be the first point of contact for matters relating to the examination and she can be contacted on 01594 812334 or by email at All documentation relating to the examination (such as programmes, matters and statements) will be placed on the website during the course of the examination and can be viewed on the Examination pages
If you have technical questions about any of the relevant planning documents, please contact the Local Plan Team Team on 01594 812325, 812335 812326 or email


Publication Version - 25th March 2015 to 20th May 2015

The Allocations Plan was approved for Publication at the Full Council meeting on 26th February 2015.  The Council invited comments on the Publication Version of the Allocations Plan between Wednesday 25th March 2015 and Wednesday 20th May 2015.  

The comments received during the eight week Publication period may be viewed on the consultation portal.
You may view the Allocations Plan here.
  • online via the consultation portal
  • at The  Forest of Dean Council Offices in Coleford Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.45pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm
  • at all local libraries including Gloucester and Chepstow during their opening hours.


Publication Documents

Allocations Plan
Allocations Plan Publication Version March 2015

Statement of Representation Procedure