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Forest MP makes clear his opposition to “new town” plan

This week, Forest of Dean MP , Mark Harper, used his Facebook column to make clear his opposition to the District Council’s ill-thought-out plan for a new town as their preferred option for the upcoming Local Plan. His comment is reproduced here in full. THE LOCAL PLANNING LOWDOWN Some will already be familiar with the […]

Cross-Parish Strategy Update

Update 27/11/2020 The CPCG has been meeting to develop a combined response to the consultation on the ‘preferred option’ of the Forest of Dean Council. This ‘preferred option’ is to concentrate the extra housing quota of the Forest of Dean District broadly in one area. This communication group comprises the parish councils of Churcham, Highnam, […]

Communications Update

Hi All, We wanted to provide a quick update on the progress we have been making regarding our challenge to the District Council’s Preferred Strategy. We have now formed a communications group to ensure that we keep a clear and consistent message across the Parishes. We will be working very closely with the cross-Parish strategy […]

Economic Viability

Have Your Say!   Press release November 2020 Headline: Forest’s market town economies left to rot in favour of new townships  “I watched the FODDC Viability Assessment meeting and it is really stark in its findings for the Forest. One major finding is the lack of viability of the Forest towns to be developed, due […]

District Council Divided On Housing Strategy!

Last Thursday, October 15th, the Forest of Dean District’s Full Council narrowly approved the strategy likely to create a large development between the A40 and the A48. Amendments to reflect on and revisit the strategy were voted down by the councillors in a very close vote. We now have eight weeks to enter into a […]

Churcham Parish Council Alert!

On October 8th, the Cabinet of the Forest of Dean District Council approved a new settlement as the preferred option for the housing plan for the district. This preferred option is to site 4000 houses between the A40 and A48 in the parish of Churcham. The extent of this development if approved will cover an area of […]