The Forest of Dean District Council has to ensure they maintain enough land to provide a 5 year housing supply. To achieve this they annually undertake a call for new sites through their SHLAA (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment). In this article Andrew Troughton explains how the council promote development land in the Forest of Dean district.

They are happy to look at any strategic development site (5 houses or more).  Whilst their review is not a formal planning assessment, registering the site with the Forest of Dean District Council, does allow them to initially consider the site and also allow developers to see the site.

The site needs to have some residential development potential. Ideally it will be adjacent to an existing settlement boundary and:

  • Near a primary school (within 1 km).
  • Have a nearby convenience store/village shop.
  • Well serviced by public transport.

The registration of the site by the local authority does not itself lead to it being allocated. It is however a relatively cost effective way to promote development land.

The exercise runs from the 29th September to the 20th November 2015.  As planning consultants that work with developers we are able to consider potential development land and present it correctly to the District Council.

If you would like to discuss a potential site please contact one of the team at Carver Knowles  and we will be very happy to assist you.