Forest Economic Partnership (FEP)
A United Voice for Economic Development in the Forest of Dean
The Forest Economic Partnership (FEP) is bringing together businesses, councils, people, ideas and resources to give the Forest of Dean a voice in the Glos2050 big conversation and deliver a thriving and sustainable economy.
Our vision is that in 2050 the Forest of Dean is an attractive, vibrant and dynamic destination to live, work and do business.
Participation is via a quarterly stakeholder meeting and 4 sub-groups that are working to address key challenges and opportunities in the Forest of Dean:
Education and skills - led by Julian Grail, Grail Engineering
- Within a lifelong learning context, how do we get the workforce we need for the District now and in the future to power and sustain economic growth by removing barriers and raising aspirations?
Transport and infrastructure - led by Paul O'Flynn, Tayntons Solicitors
- The District plan guides future development that gives us the space to work, live and play. Once those uses are known, we can consider the transport routes in the District to enable them become fit for purpose. What is the practical new vision that defines the Forest we want to be and the balance between the use of space?
Digital connectivity - led by David Trevelyan, Sustain You
- We are told we live in a digital world. What practical steps can we take to get the speed, reliability and connectivity to support the ways we increasingly work, live, study and play now and in the future?
Bridges and borders - led by Andrew Callard, Aimed Business
The Severn and Wye have preserved the Forest. The best future protection is connection with all those around us to ensure a mutual understanding of economic needs. Looking outwards, if we are to participate in the South Wales-West of England economic powerhouse and be considered in our neighbours plans, what do we need and want to trade for bridges?
FEP has already taken action and in 2018 submitted responses to:
- Glos2050 Vision consultation
- Cross-Rail Franchise consultation
- Dene Magna Sixth Form consultation
- House of Lords Select committee
- Forest Hospital consultation
Chepstow Transport Study
Local Transport Authorities Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire County Councils commissioned the ‘Chepstow Transport Study’ in April 2018 in response to a number of changing factors including:
- The removal of Severn Bridge Tolls in December 2018 and increases in house prices within the Bristol region placing pressure on the local housing market;
- The production of new Local Development Plans (for both Monmouthshire CC and Forest of Dean District Council);
- Pressure for development within south east Monmouthshire and the Lydney area within the Forest of Dean;
- Implementation of the Cardiff City Region Regeneration Plan and the associated transport aspirations including implementation of the Metro.
The Forest of Dean District Council is committed to cross-border working and is working closely with Monmouthshire County Council and Gloucestershire County Council in order to progress to the next feasibility stage.
The details of the next FEP Stakeholder Meetings are:
- 09:00-11:00 – Monday 25th March - Main Place, Coleford, GL16 8RH
- 09:00-11:00 - Tuesday 11th June - Conference Suite, Vantage Point Business Park, Mitcheldean, GL17 0DD
- 09:00-11.00 – Wednesday 11th September - Lydney Town Hall, GL15 5DY
- 09:00-11:00 - Wednesday 11th December - Gloucestershire College, Forest of Dean Campus, Cinderford, GL14 3FF
Inspiring the Forest event on Tuesday 5 March 2019 4:30 to 6:30pm
The Brewery Tap, Mitcheldean GL17 0SL
This is the first opportunity to hear about and shape FEP’s proposed Inspiring the Forest project. This aims to:
- Raise aspirations of our young people through schools and college based events
- Increase the numbers of people ready and able to do the jobs we need
- Celebrate and promote the large diversity of businesses in the Forest.
We’d like you to be part of the business discussion to gauge interest and perhaps take the first step. If you;d like to attend, please: