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.

Self Build Guidance Note


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: