Local Plan 2041 issues and options

The development of issues and options is the first in a number of stages in the production of the revised Local Plan and is the first opportunity for residents, businesses and other interested parties to be involved in planning for our future.

The scope of the issues and options consultation is to identify the key planning issues and opportunities the revised Local Plan should address. The key issue is how to accommodate development that is sustainable within the district. This means promoting development which contributes to a district where:

  • young people can find jobs
  • older people are supported as they age
  • tourism and new businesses can grow and prosper, and
  • the community is healthy and active
  • there's a high quality built and natural environment that need to be protected

Climate change has become a much more imminent risk and concern and we have declared a Climate Emergency. The District is actively engaged in pursuing a low carbon future and seeks new development to be designed to adapt to climate change.

The Issues and Options document also outlines for consideration some options and initial ideas for the strategic policies in certain areas such as the scale of housing and economic development. There are countless options on how growth can be accommodated within the district the main options are set out in the document below and summarised in the summary document.

As we are at an early stage of plan preparation, further work needs to be done and evidence gathered before we can develop detailed policies or potential sites for the allocation for housing or other uses. So this stage of the plan does not contain potential locations for allocation for housing or other uses, but considers the distribution of development at the settlement level. 

Find out more about the issues and options consultation

All information published as part of this consultation can be viewed above and downloaded from our website. Please view:

Paper copies can be viewed at the Forest of Dean Council Offices in Coleford, GL16 8HG

Two drop-in sessions will also be held by the Local plan team which are open for anybody to attend to get more information on the consultation. These will be held at:

  • Coleford Council Offices from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday 25 September 2019 
  • Newent Memorial Hall from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday 3 October 2019

Comment on the issues and options by 4:30pm on Thursday 31 October 2019

We are now asking for comments on what you feel are the planning issues facing the Forest of Dean and the options we have to address them. The information gathered at this issues and options stage will be used to produce a draft plan. You can respond to this consultation:

The deadline for representations is 4.30pm Thursday 31 October 2019.

All comments and names will be available for public viewing. The personal information collected during this consultation will be dealt with according to the data protection principles as set out in the Data Protection Act 2018. If you require further information about how your data is processed please:

What happens after the consultation?

Once the consultation closes, we will read and analyse all the comments we receive. We will produce a schedule of these representations which we will publish on our website.

Your views, along with the evidence that supports the Local Plan and the outcome of the Sustainability Appraisal will be used to help develop our new Local Plan to the next stage when we will produce a draft plan that will include the preferred options. This is where we will set out what we think is the best strategy to deliver the Forest of Dean District needs.

We will carry out further public consultation on the draft plan. At this time we expect this consultation will take place late 2020 to early 2021. By responding to this consultation you will automatically be notified of future Local Plan consultations. For further information on the timetable for producing our Local Plan up to formal adoption, please see Local Development Scheme. 


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