Help update the Forest of Dean Residential Design Guide

Nearly 25 years ago Forest of Dean District Council produced a Residential Design Guide. The Design Guide informs how to design new buildings and extensions that are 'distinctively' of the Forest rather than ‘anywhere’ design.


In the last few years, the importance of design is once again being recognised, and there have been a number of national policy updates and initiatives to raise housing design standards. This sets the context for an update of the District Council’s Residential Design Guide.

Now’s your opportunity because you – the people who live here - know better than anyone what makes each of the many areas, towns and villages of the Forest of Dean so special.


An updated Guide really can make a difference to what developers propose.

So what’s the opportunity? Read on to find out how, in a matter of minutes, you can contribute your ideas about what makes your area and your place so special. 

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Find out more and get involved


The District Council is committed to giving people who live and work in the Forest of Dean a chance to get involved in the update of the Residential Design Guide.

There will be a range of ways for people who live and work in the district to contribute.

Stage 1 of the process finished on the 21st July 2022 - during this initial stage:

  • nearly 150 people completed a survey on local design and character;

  • people also shared photos of the places they live and the things they value - as we all know, ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’.This will help us to get a genuine ‘picture’ of local character and local housing (rather than just words);

  • two coach tours for local people around the district (one in the north and in the south) were run to look at and comment on recent housing developments; and,

  • a workshop for secondary school students (the all-important next generation) was held at Dean Magna School.

You can find out more on the news page, and join a mailing list to be kept informed of progress on the update of the Residential Design Guide by clicking here.

You can find out more about the overall process, which will continue in the Autumn by clicking this link.