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Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary planning documents and guidance provide additional information to help in the interpretation of Local Plan policies for specific sites or issues.

Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by the Council on the 13 February 2020. 

The Affordable Housing SPD expands on the Affordable Housing policies in the Forest of Dean District Local Plan. These policies aim to secure the provision of an appropriate level, mix and size of affordable housing, including on rural exception sites, so that new housing developments planned in the district address the identified housing needs of all parts of the community.

The purpose of the SPD is to increase the delivery of affordable housing in the Forest of Dean to meet the large level of local need, which is mainly for affordable rented accommodation.

Key aspects of the SPD include guidance on on-site provision of affordable housing and when it is appropriate to seek commuted sums for off-site provision, guidance on viability assessments and the publication of viability information. 

The SPD has been reviewed to ensure that it meets relevant national planning policy and guidance and adopted local plan policy. The revised SPD replaces the previous SPD adopted in 2010 and will supplement Joint Core Strategy policy CSP5 housing.

The SPD was the subject of a consultation in summer 2019 this can be viewed on the Local Plan consultation page (summary of representations and officer responses to public consultation).

Self Build Guidance Note

Vacant Building Credit


The Landscape Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted in March 2007. 

The document sets out important principles relating to the environment and more specifically, the landscape. The guidance should be used to inform anyone with an interest in development, planning or design. When considering all planning proposals, applications and appeals this SPD will be taken into account by the District Council and other decision makers. It will ensure that applicants are better informed about the development process and what is required of them, and will encourage a higher quality of design. It will also seek to foster a more inclusive approach to planning in line with Government Guidance. It will raise awareness of design issues and make communities aware of the qualities of their local landscape and through this ensure that residents are better informed and able to demand a higher standard of development. 

To make full use of the SPD you will also need to view the following:

Residential Design Guide

The purpose of the guide is to make applicants more aware of the policies and approach adopted by the Council toward the design and layout of residential developments. This should then lead to a speedier and more efficient design and planning process. To view this document, please click the following link:

Residential Design Guide for Alterations and Extensions

This guide advises on approaches to the design of extensions and alterations to dwellings which are likely to be appropriate to the building and its setting and which are therefore more likely to be granted planning permission. To view this document, please click the following link: