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Mitcheldean neighbourhood plan

The Mitcheldean Neighbourhood Development Plan was 'made' part of the Forest of Dean District Council development plan on 1 March 2020, following the positive result of the referendum, where 89.7% of those who voted were in favour of the plan. The Mitcheldean Neighbourhood Development Plan will now be used to help decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood area.

The Mitcheldean Neighbourhood Development Plan and decision statement can be viewed above on the Forest of Dean website and at the Council Offices, Forest of Dean District Council, High Street, Coleford, Glos. GL16 8HG during normal opening hours.

Previous Stages


Mitcheldean was designated as a Neighbourhood Area, in line with the details of the application from Mitcheldean Parish Council, on 18 September 2014:

Application documents

Publication of the Mitcheldean Neighbourhood Development Plan 

Mitcheldean Parish Council submitted their Neighbourhood Development Plan to the Council on 26th March 2019.

A public consultation was held from 18th April 2019 to 30th May 2019 during which the Council invited comments on the plan and its supporting documents.

Submission to Independent Examiner

The neighbourhood plan and representations received during the publication consultation were submitted to the independent examiner, Mr Andrew Ashcroft on 31st May 2019.

To view the submitted Mitcheldean Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents please follow the links below:

Mitcheldean Neighbourhood Development Plan

Clarification Note

The examiner carried out an unaccompanied site visit to the Neighbourhood Plan Area. Following this visit, plus his initial reading of the plan and representations received, the examiner forwarded a clarification note. The note sets out the examiners initial comments on the submitted plan. It also sets out areas where it would be helpful to have some further clarification.

Examiners Report

The Examiners Report on the Mitcheldean Neighbourhood Development Plan was received on 28th August 2019. 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. The Examiner’s report was considered at the meetings of the Full Council on 17th October 2019, it was agreed to make modifications to the draft plan to ensure that it met the basic conditions set out in legislation and that the NDP could proceed to referendum.


The referendum for the Mitcheldean Neighbourhood Plan took place on 6th February 2020.

Referendum documents

Information on the Mitcheldean Neighbourhood Development Plan is also available from the Mitcheldean Parish Council’s website


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