Allocations Plan

Together with the Core Strategy and the Cinderford Northern Quarter Area Action Plan (CNQAAP) the Allocations Plan will form the new Local Plan for the Forest of Dean and guide future planning applications. It will replace the remaining parts of the old style 2005 Local Plan Review.

The role of the Allocations Plan is to:

  • Provide detail of how and where policies in the Core Strategy will be implemented
  • Detail allocations for development
  • Detail protective designations
  • Detail revised defined settlement boundaries.

It will sit within the context of the Core Strategy and has to be in conformity with it.

Latest news

The Council received the Inspectors Final Report on 20th June 2018. The Inspector has concluded that the Allocations Plan is both sound and legally compliant, subject to the implementation of the Main Modifications he has recommended. The Inspectors Report and the list of Main Modifications can be viewed via the link below:

Inspectors Final Report 20th June 2018

Inspectors recommended list of Main Modifications 20th June 2018

Allocations Plan Examination

The ‘Allocations Plan Submission Draft August 2015’ and associated documentation were submitted to the Secretary of State on 28 August 2015. The plan was examined by an independent planning inspector to determine whether the document is sound. The Inspectors Final report was received on 20th June 2018.

An independent Programme Officer will liaise between the inspector, the Council and respondents. For all matters relating to the examination:

To view documentation relating to the examination (such as programmes, matters and statements) please see:

  • Draft Main Modifications consultation 23rd October 2017 to 4pm 18th December 2017.

Following the additional hearings into the Further Changes the Council proposed Main Modifications to the Allocations Plan. A schedule was prepared and presented to the Inspector for his consideration. The schedule of Main Modifications to the Allocations Plan Submission Draft August 2015 was approved by Full Council on the 19 October 2017 and The Main Modifications are were subject to a public consultation between 23 October 2017 and 18 December 2017. At this stage the consultation only concerned the main modifications and not any other aspect of the plan.

Comments received during the consultation can be view here.

The Main Modifications were put forward without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusions to the plan.

In preparing his report of the examination the Inspector takes into account of all the representations that have already been made on the additional site allocations and policy changes when they were published for consultation from December 2016 - February 2017. 

Main Modification Consultation documents

In addition to the Main Modifications which affect the soundness of the Plan there are a number of other changes of a minor nature which are proposed - see the: Additional modifications table. They were not part of the present consultation although we can provide further advice and guidance on request.

  • September 2017 - Inspector's letter to Council remain modifications

Following the conclusion of the July Hearings, the Council prepared a draft schedule of potential Main Modifications, a corrected version of which was forwarded to the Inspector on 18 August. This was provided for the Inspector’s consideration and the Inspector responded to the draft schedule in a letter dated 4 September outlining some concerns and recommending changes which addressed them.

Inspectors letter to FoDDC re Further Changes Consultation, hearing and Main Modifications

Councils Response to Inspectors letter

DRAFT Schedule of Main Modifications sent to Inspector (18/8/17)

  • Additional hearing sessions considering the Allocations Plan Further Changes were held from 12th July 2017 until Friday 14th July 2017. 

  • Further Changes Consultation 19 December 2016 to 13 February 2017; please see: Further changes December 2016 webpages. The comments received and draft officer response can be viewed on the consultation webpage.

The Council considered the modifications necessary to the plan in light of the Inspector's interim findings. The Inspector outlined the need for the Council to review and undertake a focused public consultation on housing requirement, the proposed new allocations, and on the revised Canal policy before final proposed Main Modifications can be settled.

  • Hearing sessions 26 January 2016 to 11 February 2016
  • Submission of Allocations Plan to the Secretary of State 28 August 2015

Submission documents

Sustainability Appraisal

Statement of Consultation

Representations received

Representations received to the Publication Version may be viewed:

Statement of Fact

Supporting documents

The Allocations Plan and supporting documents may also be viewed at

  • The Forest of Dean Council Offices in Coleford Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.45pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm
  • all local libraries including Gloucester and Chepstow during their opening hours.