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Lydney neighbourhood plan

The Lydney Neighbourhood Plan was made part of the Forest of Dean District Council's development plan on 1 March 2016, following the positive result of the referendum, where 86% of those who voted were in favour of the plan.

Following the Lydney development plan decision statement required under the Neighbourhood Planning regulations; Forest of Dean District Council will now use the Neighbourhood Plan to help decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area.

Previous steps in the Plan

Lydney was designated as a Neighbourhood Area, in line with the details of the application from Lydney Town Council on 17 January 2013. 

Publication of Lydney Neighbourhood Plan Examiners Version 2 (Submission Draft)

Lydney Town Council prepared a draft neighbourhood development plan and between 2 October 2013 and 20 December 2013, invited local communities to make comments on that plan. After considering all the comments made, the Parish Council amended the plan, as appropriate, and in May 2015 submitted it to the Council to start the formal process of a public examination by an independent examiner.

The Lydney Neighbourhood plan and supporting documents were available for comment during the statutory consultation period which ran for six weeks between 17 June 2015 and 29 July 2015.

Submission to Independent Examiner

The Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted to Mr Andrew Ashcroft, the person appointed to carry out an examination of the Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan on 18 August 2015.

Summaries of the representations made may be viewed online via our Forward plan online consultation page.

Examiner's report

The Examiner's report on the Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan was received on 23 September 2015. A revised Neighbourhood Plan, the committee report and recommendations were presented to Cabinet in November 2015 and Full Council in December 2015. The independent examiner’s report concluded that, subject to making the modifications recommended, the plan met the basic conditions set out in the legislation and should proceed to a neighbourhood planning referendum.

Council’s Decision Statement

Having considered the examiner’s report and each of the recommendations made by the report, the council agreed to make modifications to the draft plan to ensure that it met the basic conditions set out in legislation and could proceed to referendum.

Referendum results

The referendum took place on 18 February 2016.

Referendum documents

For further information on the Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan please:


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