Local Plan

All planning authorities have to produce a Local Plan. The new Local Plan consists of a number of documents, which set out an overall strategy to guide development across the District until 2026. The Local Plan guides future development and sets out policies, against which planning applications are considered. This will replace the 'Old' Local Plan adopted in 2005.

Local Plan documents

Forest of Dean District Core Strategy

The Forest of Dean District Core Strategy was adopted on 23 February 2012. The document was declared 'sound' by an Independent Planning Inspector:

For further information on the Core Strategy and on the plan preparation see:

Cinderford Northern Quarter Area Action Plan

The Cinderford Northern Quarter Area Action Plan (CNQAAP) was adopted on 23 February 2012.

For further information on the CNQAAP and on the plan preparation see:

Allocations Plan

The Allocations Plan will show how the proposals in the Core Strategy will be implemented. The new document will include sites for housing, employment, shopping and other built development but also areas that need to be protected including the green spaces within settlements and sites of ecological and historical importance.

For further information on the Allocations plan and on the plan preparation to date please see:

Proposals Map

The Proposals Map below shows the Core Strategy and the Cinderford Northern Quarter Area Action Plan (CNQAAP). These are the up to date proposals map replacing the Local Plan Maps. The map is being reviewed as part of the Allocations plan.

Saved policies Local Plan 2005

Much of the 2005 Local Plan has been superseded by the Core Strategy and the Cinderford Northern Quarter Area Action Plan, and is no longer part of the Development Plan. However some of the policies in the old 2005 Local plan were ‘saved’ and are still in force:

The saved policies are expected to be replaced by the Allocations Development when adopted.

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans are plans produced by local communities to guide future developments in their local area. They sit alongside the Local Plan and are used to influence planning decisions. There are several neighbourhood plans underway in the District, see:

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

The Council has adopted 4 supplementary planning documents to complement the Local Plan:

Brownfield Land Register

The Council’s 2017 register of brownfield land and links to a map can be viewed:

Brownfield land is defined by government in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) glossary as “Previously developed land”. Further guidance is available from:

 The register contains all of the information required by government legislation, but if you wish to discuss any of the sites in more detail:

Strategic housing availability assessment (SHLAA)

As part of the evidence base to support the Local Plan, the Council has to prepare a strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA) which assesses the potential suitability of land within the District for housing development. A new SHLAA will be produced during 2017 to help inform the Local Plan. For further information see:

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is essentially a charge that may be levied on new developments to help fund local infrastructure such as roads, schools and open spaces. For further information see:

Statement of Community Involvement 2013

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how the Council will involve the community in:

  • preparing and revising all local planning documents and
  • in making decisions on planning applications and other related applications

The SCI was adopted at Full Council on 18 July 2013:

Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is our timetable for preparing the Local Plan and other Local Plan documents. The Council’s current LDS (2014 – 2018) was approved in July 2014.

Milestone dates (updated August 2015)

Title Commence Publish Submit Adopt
Core Strategy  Commenced  March 2011  June 2011  February 2012
Allocations DPD  February 2012   March 2015   August 2015  August 2017*
Cinderford AAP  Commenced  June 2011  February 2012

*The Allocations Plan is currently undergoing examination, it is hoped that the plan will be adopted late summer 2017

For more information:

Monitoring - Authorities report

So that we know whether our plans and policies are having the desired effect, we are required to produce regular Authorities reports formerly known as annual monitoring reports. As well as looking at the impact of policies, the report also considers whether the Local Plan timetable is being achieved. The most recent Authorities report and a number of earlier versions are available to download below.

Authorities reports

Evidence base

It is essential that the new Local Plan and any other local development documents are supported by robust evidence in relation to matters such as flooding, housing need, the economy and so on.

We have therefore developed an extensive 'evidence base' which is constantly being updated and added to so that we have as much up to date information as possible:

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