Residents invited to help capture the character of their Forest

Forest of Dean District Council is inviting residents and communities to share their views on what they believe makes the area such a great place to live, in turn helping to shape an update of the Forest of Dean Residential Design Guide.


Revising the District’s Residential Design Guide is a key opportunity to celebrate that character and ensure it is enhanced not damaged in any new housing. Thanks also to national changes giving greater importance to good design, the new Guide will also be an opportunity to raise standards on issues such as insulation, easy access to facilities and so forth.


Leader of the Council, Councillor Tim Gwilliam said


“Nationally there have been many discussions on the need to make sure that new homes and other developments contribute to local identity and provide a standard of design that will stand the test of time.

We want to push hard to raise local design standards, helping to ensure that we can protect the beauty of the Forest for years to come.

We know of the pride that people have in the local area and understand that local views of the places and spaces we value must inform this Residential Design Guide. That is why we invite all residents of the Forest of Dean to submit their thoughts, photographs and ideas and help us shape the future of the Forest.


The power to reject applications for design reasons alone enables Forest of Dean District Council to make sure that new designs celebrate, protect and even enhance local character.


As part of the process of updating the Residential Design Guide, the Council would like residents to contribute by explaining what they believe makes their parish, village or town special and distinctive.

There are two ways to do this:

1. Complete a short survey

We want to give as many people as possible a chance to tell us what’s important to you, and about what it is that you value in the character of the place where you live.

2. Share photos

We are also asking for people to share photographs of the places they live and the things they value - as we all know, ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’.



The Council website also includes updated web pages where residents can find out more about what a Local Plan is, why the Council has to produce a plan and how they can be involved. This can be found here: https://www.fdean.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-policy/our-current-local-plan/local-plan/