Allocations Plan

Together with the Core Strategy, the Cinderford Northern Quarter Area Action Plan (CNQAAP), the Allocations Plan and any Made Neighbourhood Plans form the  Local Plan for the Forest of Dean and guide future planning applications. The adoption of the allocations Plan replaces the remaining parts of the Local Plan Review 2005.

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.

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Adoption of Allocations Plan

The Forest of Dean District Council adopted the Allocations Plan 2006 -2026 on 28th June 2018.

The plan as adopted with the Main modifications may be viewed here.

The above documents are available to view at the following locations:

  • The Forest of Dean Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, GL16 8HG Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.45pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm
  • all local libraries including Gloucester and Chepstow during their opening hours

The Main Modifications were presented to Full Council on 19th October 2017 when it was resolved subject to the Inspector’s final report, and if no further Main Modifications are made following the consultation, delegated authority is given to the Strategic Group Manager (or Senior Officer responsible for planning), in consultation with the Cabinet member for Planning Policy, to adopt the Allocations Plan.

The adopted Allocations Plan also includes Additional (minor) Modifications that (taken together) do not materially affect the policies of the Plan.

Adoption Statement

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) 
The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012

Adoption Statement
Forest of Dean District Allocations Plan (2006 - 2026) Adopted June 2018.

In accordance with Regulation 26 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), notice is hereby given that the Forest of Dean District Allocations Plan (2006 - 2026) Adopted June 2018 was adopted by Forest of Dean District Council on 28 June 2018.

Subject Matter: The Forest of Dean Allocations Plan (2006- 2026) Adopted June 2018 (from here on referred to as the Allocations Plan) together with the the Core Strategy, Cinderford Northern Quarter Area Action Plan and any made neighbourhood plans form the Local Plan for the Forest of Dean District and will guide future planning applications. The Allocations Plan shows how the Core Strategy document will be implemented; showing detailed sites identified for development, protected areas and settlement boundaries. The Allocations Plan replaces the remaining parts of the Forest of Dean Local Plan Review 2005.

Mr Brendan Lyons BArch MA MRTPI IHBC, an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State, undertook the independent examination of the Allocations Plan following submission on 28 August 2015. The Inspector’s Report was received by the Council on 20 June 2018. The Inspector concluded that with Main Modifications the Allocations Plan satisfies the requirements of Section 20(5) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and meets the criteria for soundness in the National Planning Policy Framework. The adopted Allocations Plan includes the Inspector’s Main Modifications. It also includes Additional (minor) Modifications that (taken together) do not materially affect the policies of the Plan.

Challenge: Any person aggrieved by the adoption of the Allocations Plan may make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, on the grounds that:

  1. a) The document is not within the appropriate powers conferred by Part 2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchases Act 2004
    b) A procedural requirement has not been complied with.

An application must be made no later than the end of the period of six weeks starting with the date of adoption of the Allocations Plan.

Inspection: The adopted Allocations Plan together with this adoption statement, the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement; the Policies Map and the Inspectors report are available to view on the council’s website at: https://www.fdean.gov.uk/residents/planning-building/planning-policy/local-plan-new/allocations-plan/

These documents are available to view at the following locations

  • Forest of Dean District Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, GL16 8HG; Monday to Thursday 9am to 4.45pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm
  • All Forest of Dean Libraries, as well as Chepstow and Gloucester libraries. during normal opening hours:

Peter Williams
Head of Paid Services
28 June 2018


Inspectors Report

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: