In July 2022, Forest of Dean District Council made a decision to go out to consultation on the plan and Councillor Tim Gwilliam, Leader of Forest of Dean District Council is urging residents to make sure they ‘get the Local Plan they deserve’ by taking part in a planned consultation which begins on Monday 1st August 2022.
The Leader of Forest of Dean District Council, Cllr Tim Gwilliam wrote to FEP for input to this consultation.
He said: "‘OUR Plan’ as we have called it is about building strong, vibrant and healthy communities and giving those communities what they need to flourish. It’s about working with our residents, parish and town councils, businesses and developers to collectively deliver positive community led development.
It will focus on creating a true Gateway to the Forest of Dean and growing a principal lower Severn town at Lydney that can attract investment from several sectors. Lydney is a natural choice for growth as it currently has a train station and a bus station that with regeneration could attract better service provision, celebrates an excellent geographic location and has a high level of investment interest."
The consultation process for the new local plan strategy will run for eight weeks and residents will be able to provide their thoughts both online and in person at a number of community drop-in events across the Forest, dates for which are listed below:
- Tuesday 23 August - Sedbury Village Hall - 3pm - 7pm
- Tuesday 30 August - Newent Memorial Hall - 3pm - 7pm
- Wednesday 7 September - Lydney Community Centre - 3pm - 7pm
- Thursday 8 September - Forest of Dean Council Offices, Coleford - 3pm - 7pm
- Further dates will be announced once confirmed.