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 8th April 2010.

The Affordable Housing SPD expands on the Affordable Housing policies in the Forest of Dean District Council Local Plan adopted 2005. These policies seek to secure the provision of an appropriate level, mix and size of affordable housing, including on rural exceptions sites, so that new housing developments planned in the district address the identified housing needs of all parts of the community.

It provides guidance to applicants and agents preparing development proposals to ensure the affordable housing proposed meets desirable standards at an affordable price to benefit all potential future occupiers.

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.

Draft Affordable Housing SPD 2019  Consultation document

Draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (2019)

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.

How to comment

The Council is inviting comments on the Draft Affordable Housing SPD.  The consultation commenced on Wednesday 3 July 2019 and will end at 4pm on Wednesday 14 August 2019.

Comments can be made 

online via the: Local Plan consultation page

or in writing by

Mail: Housing Planning and Housing, Council Offices, High Street, Coleford, Glos GL16 8HG

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: