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Local plan supporting information

Local Development Scheme

We are in the preliminary stages of developing a new Local Plan. This planning process is referred to as “Plan 41” which will eventually provide a new Local Plan for the Forest of Dean district, replacing the current Local Development Framework.

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is our timetable for preparing the new Local Plan and other Local Plan documents.

This planning process has already begun and is expected to run until 2023, when a new Local Plan is scheduled to be adopted, which will guide and control development in the district up to the year 2041.

The process will involve extensive evidence gathering as well as several opportunities for community and stakeholder consultation.

The evidence and reports used for the current local plan are on the evidence base page.

Plan Phase

Timeline

Documents and consultations

Issues and Options

Summer/Autumn 2019

Issues and Options document

Formal consultation

Sustainability Appraisal Options Assessment

Habitat Regulations Assessment -

consideration of alternatives

Draft Plan

Summer 2021

Draft Local Plan

Formal consultation

Publication

Spring 2022

Publication Draft Local Plan

Formal consultation

Sustainability Appraisal

Draft Habitat Regulations Assessment

Submission

Autumn 2022

Submission Draft Local Plan

Sustainability Review

Habitat Regulations Assessment Review

Brownfield land register

Brownfield land is defined by government in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) glossary as “Previously developed land”. The register contains all of the information required by government legislation, but if you wish to discuss any of the sites in more detail email localplans@fdean.gov.uk

The data is provided under the Open Government Licence.

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how we will involve the community in preparing and revising all local planning documents and in making decisions on planning applications and other related applications.

We have reviewed and updated our Statement of Community Involvement in light of Covid-19 to ensure that plan-making and public consultation can continue in an effective way. Currently it is not possible to view planning documents at our offices due to the Covid-19 situation.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

This is the method we use to identify land which may be suitable for future housing development in the future. Each year we ask people to submit suitable sites.

Sustainability appraisal

The Sustainability Appraisal process examines how the emerging Local Plan performs against stated environmental, social and economic objectives. There are a number of stages to help decide which policy alternatives are most suitable.

Planning and development charter

The planning and development charter ensures that our approach to planning is fit for purpose, and will help inform planning decisions and investment.