The Forest of Dean has a rich and varied natural environment, which helps to define the essential landscape character of the local area, and contributes to its biological diversity.
The Council aims to ensure that our landscapes and the wildlife they contain, are protected and enhanced appropriately, in order to follow national planning guidance and local planning policies, whilst also meeting the needs of development.
Planning advice notes
We have produced a series of advice notes for planning applicants to provide information on how these issues can be incorporated into a development, and to explain what information needs to be provided within a planning application.
- Tree planting specifications
- Hedgerow planting specifications
- Landscape and biodiversity considerations for small scale planning applications
Landscape Character Assessment
A Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) for the Forest of Dean was done in 2002 and widely distributed in 2004.
The LCA explains what the landscape of each place is like and what makes one place different to another. It assumes that every place is special and distinctive and sets out to show just how and where these special qualities and distinctive features occur. The character assessment identified fifteen landscape character types across the district and 42 landscape character areas.
In terms of planning the Landscape Character Assessment is supported by the Forest of Dean District Landscape Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
Landscape Character Assessments (LCA)
- Landscape types and areas Figure SO2.pdf 3267.8 KB Downloads
- District Landscape Character Types and Areas 1586LO-06.pdf 890.6 KB Downloads
- County Landscape Character Types 1586LO-02.pdf 1167.2 KB Downloads
- Study Area 1586LO-01.pdf 467.6 KB Downloads
- Section 6 references.pdf 16.8 KB Downloads
- Section 5 Glossary.pdf 26.8 KB Downloads
- Section 4 Forest of Dean Landscape.pdf 11729.1 KB Downloads
- Section 3 Cultural Associations.pdf 23.3 KB Downloads
- Section 2 Evolution of the landscape.pdf 152.4 KB Downloads
- Section 1 Introduction.pdf 33.9 KB Downloads
- LCA contents page.pdf 397.7 KB Downloads
- LCA Acknowledgements.pdf 25.6 KB Downloads
Draft Landscape Strategy
The Countryside Agency’s Integrated Rural Development Programme developed a draft Landscape Strategy (2004) to highlight to all those who have a responsibility for the landscape (e.g. Government Departments, Councils, landowners, developers, visitors and users) the issues and forces for change facing the Forest of Dean landscape. The strategy pulls together individual strategies that could help address those potential impacts. Please:
- view Landscape Strategy
- view Landscape Strategy Appendix 1 and 2
- view Landscape Strategy Fig 2 character types
Those issues raised by the strategy which are relevant to planning, have been addressed through the development of the Landscape Supplementary Planning Document.