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Emerging Local Plan

Due to Coronavirus we are having to change the way we work on the new plan. Work is continuing on the Plan and evidence base, in particular the options for change that will be proposed. Consultations that would have taken place will be conducted differently and will take place later than originally planned.

We are currently preparing a new Local Plan for the Forest of Dean District which will replace the existing plan. The local plan will:

  • set out how the Forest of Dean will develop over the next 20 years to 2041
  • help deliver new homes and jobs
  • safeguard the environmental assets we value

The Local Plan will allocate land for new housing and employment, to provide for the future needs of local communities. It also sets limits to the extent which towns and villages can grow into the surrounding countryside.

It provides strategies on how to protect the places we care about, like historical buildings, parks and town centres. It also guides the design of new places so that they are pleasant, attractive and respond to local needs.

Local Plan Economic Viability Assessment consultation

We are required to collect and use evidence about the likely viability of development sites to support our new Local Plan.  A study to consider this and also the potential for a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) together with the scope for affordable housing has been commissioned. 

The emerging draft of the study is open for consultation.

You can comment until 17 November 2020. 

A short meeting to discuss the document will be held at 2pm on Thursday 22nd October 2020. This will be arranged by invitation. Email us on if you would like to be invited to take part. 

View and comment on Economic viability assessment

If you would like to be kept informed about the progress of the Local Plan and other planning policy documents, please register to join our local plan database:

Stages of Local Plan development

The Local Plan preparation must follow a number of stages to ensure the local community and stakeholders are fully engaged in the process:

Issues and options

The development of issues and options was the first opportunity for residents, businesses and other interested parties to be involved in planning for our future.

Draft Local Plan 

Your views on the Issues and Options, 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. We will ask for your comments on the draft plan in Summer 2021. After this consultation we will update the draft plan based on your comments and agree a publication version.

Publication draft of the Local plan

The publication version of the plan is the final version that will be submitted to the Secretary of State. This is a stage where we request more formal comments and the comments made form part of the evidence used in the public inquiry and examination of the plan which follows. Only comments received at this stage will be considered by the Inspector during the examination.

The publication version of the plan will be made available for formal representations in Spring 2022.

Submission and Examination stage

The plan will be submitted for examination so it can be formally adopted by the council.


The Inspector may direct that a plan be withdrawn, but will generally guide the examination to a point where he or she can recommend changes to the plan needed to make it sound (able to become part of the development plan). The plan will be adopted and given full weight in planning decisions.