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Local Plan

All planning authorities have to produce a Local Plan. The current 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 has replaced the 'Old' Local Plan which was 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. 

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 was adopted on 28 June 2018.

The Allocations Plan shows how the Core Strategy will be implemented and shows how the housing requirements agreed as part of its examination will be met. The Allocations Plan includes sites for housing, employment, shopping and other built development as well as identifies 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:

Policies map

The proposals contained in the Allocations Plan, the Northern Quarter AAP and the Core Strategy are shown on the Policies Map, below. However, this map is currently being updated to also show the policies of the adopted Waste and Minerals plans and also the Neighbourhood Development plans that are currently made.

The Northern Quarter Proposals Map is also shown on the map, below.

Neighbourhood Plans

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

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

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

Consultation Draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning document (2019)

The council is in the process of revising its affordable housing supplementary planning document (SPD).

Since the current SPD was adopted a new core strategy has been adopted whilst the government has published a new National Planning Policy Framework (‘NPPF’ 2019) and Planning Policy Guidance. The SPD has therefore been reviewed to ensure that it complies with relevant national planning policy and guidance and adopted local plan policy. The revised SPD will replace the previous adopted SPD and will supplement Joint Core Strategy policy 5 housing.

Consultation document

The purpose of the draft SPD is to increase the delivery of affordable housing in the Forest of Dean to meet the large level of local need, which is predominantly for affordable rented accommodation. Key aspects of the draft SPD includes guidance on on-site provision of affordable housing and when it is appropriate to seek commuted sums for off-site provision, and guidance on viability assessment and the publication of viability information. The consultation commenced on Wednesday 3 July 2019 and closed on Wednesday 14 August 2019. 

Brownfield Land Register

Brownfield land is defined by government in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) glossary as “Previously developed land”. Further guidance is available from Guidance for Brown Field Land Registration

The data is provided under the Open Government Licence.

 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. For further information see:

Housing Delivery and Trajectory 

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 2018

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. It is currently being reviewed.

Local Development Scheme (LDS)

Council is 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 table below provides an indicative timeline for the Local Development Scheme (LDS), or planning process, towards the new plan:


Summer /autumn


Autumn /winter 2020-21

Summer 2021


Autumn / winter


Plan Phase

Issues & Options


Draft plan

Publication draft

Submission draft







Sustainability Appraisal

Options Assessment


Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability Appraisal Review

Habitat Regulations Assessment          

Consideration of Alternatives


Draft HRA

HRA Review

The process will involve extensive evidence gathering as well as several opportunities for community and stakeholder consultation. As it develops, more content will be added to this page regarding the evidence base which will underpin the new Local Plan, as well as opportunities for you to be involved.

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:

Local Plan 2005

The 2005 Local Plan has been superseded by the current Core Strategy, Allocations Plan and the Cinderford Northern Quarter Area Action Plan, and is no longer part of the Development Plan. The old Local Plan (2005) is however available for reference. 

Withdrawn documents