The Neighbourhood Plan has now passed a formal inspection. See the Examiners Report here. It now goes to a full Forest of Dean District Council meeting to be ratified.

The final stage will be a referendum when all residents in the Forest Edge South area (ie Parkend, Pillowell, Yorkley, Oldcroft, Viney Hill and Whitecroft) will be asked to vote for or against this very important document which then must be used when deciding planning applications.

Publication of the Forest Edge South Neighbourhood Plan  -  Regulation 15 Submission and Regulation 16 Public Commenting

Under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012,  Forest Edge South Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (West Dean Parish Council) submitted their Neighbourhood Development Plan to the Forest of Dean District Council on 20th November 2023.

The Forest Edge South Neighbourhood Plan 2022-2041 and Design Guidance, provides a vision for the future of the Forest Edge South designated area, setting out clear planning policies for environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Thank you, everyone, for your support throughout this process to get it to these final stages.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan (NP) is a document which relates to land use and planning issues. It is produced by people in the community for their community. This was previously called a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

Forest Edge South covers these Forest of Dean villages –  Parkend, Yorkley, Pillowell, Oldcroft & Viney Hill and Whitecroft and is the vision for planning, policies, land allocation and also defining specific facilities for each distinct area which will be reflected in the final plan.

When it has gone through all the required stages, including examination and referendum, the NP becomes a statutory document. It will be referred to when planning applications are received for the geographic area covered by the Plan.

The Steering group would like to thank everyone who has downloaded the documents, attended the public sessions , submitted a response or shared your thoughts and comments in other ways. Now you can make your comments known to FODDC.


Recorded Webinar with DLP our consultant planners - This gives a clear understanding of the Neighbourhood Plan process - click this link to

view https://tinyurl.com/2h775dct 

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All documents are available to download here DRAFT PLAN or under the Draft Plan tab on this page. Some files are quite large and all documents were available to inspect at the public consultation session.

Flyers were distributed to all FESNP homes. Residents were encouraged to come to the open sessions to see what has been achieved and share their comments.The same information will be available at all locations so come to any regardless of where you live.    




1. Dean Forest Greenway - a safe multi-use off-road route between    Parkend and Lydney

Have a look at the planning application and make your comments at 

https://www.fdean.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-permission/view-planning-applications/ with the reference P1913/21/FUL.


2. Green Open Spaces - Why is an Open Space important ?

Access to a network of high quality open spaces and opportunities for sport and physical activity is important for the health and well-being of communities, and can deliver wider benefits for nature and support efforts to address climate change.
The Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC) Local plan identifies already allocated areas but we would like to hear of other areas to be added.
The Local Green Space designation should only be used where the green space is:
 (a) in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;
 (b) demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value     including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
 (c) local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.
Please share your suggestions of open spaces and what it is currently used for; it might only be a meeting place for a group or sportsfield etc
Many thanks


3. Creating a landscape character assessment 

  • If you like taking photos, or know where the little details are that make our area so unique, or walk the paths that only locals use - we could use your expertise.  

  • What does your village look like as you approach it (from all directions)?

  • Where are the first places you can see the village (walking or driving)?

  • Where are the best views of the Church, chapel, school etc. from?

  • Where do the paths lead and how do you get round on foot or bike?

  • Can you map the ironworks (drain covers etc.) especially if they show local companies?

  • Can you produce a route through the village safely on foot and suitable for visitors with things to look for?

  • Is there a safe off-road route between each village?

  • Do you have a special view from your garden that can’t be seen from the road?

If you are interested please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring Sharon 01594 562187, Elaine 01594 563479 or Steve 01594 562638 


NDP focus areas

The NDP focuses on shaping the new development needs of our area in a positive and sustainable manner.

It contains maps, lists and policies relating to practical things such as:

• provision of walking and cycling routes

• design of buildings

• tourism 

• traffic management

• identification of sites for housing and facilities

affordable housing

sustainable and adaptable housing

• flood management

local green spaces e.g. wildlife, recreation and landscape areas,  new allotments

Proposals for a Dean Forest Greenway from Parkend to Lydney
West Dean Parish Council together with Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited October 2020

Outline of proposal with Location Plangreenway map

The Dean Forest Greenway Project runs for 5.8kms from its start near the Fountain Inn at Parkend to its end on the Co-Op path in Lydney.

The Greenway will be built to the same standard as the family trail at Beechenhurst and will be designed to provide a safe and attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists connecting Lydney to the heart of the Forest of Dean.

The route will be traffic free over its whole length, save for 3 road crossings, and will be designed with easy gradients to be suitable for those with wheelchairs. At Norchard a bridge over the railway will provide a link from the Greenway to the station.

The project is being promoted by West Dean Parish Council and is designed and managed by Greenways and Cycleroutes who also designed the Chepstow and Tintern Wye Valley Greenway which opened Easter 2021.


Community Consultation Open Days     

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 A series of open days were held in 2019.

These took place in Parkend Memorial Hall, Yorkley Community Centre and Whitecroft Memorial Hall.

Visitors were able to see the accumulated work carried out to investigate Housing, The Arts, Transport, Business and Economy, Health, Wellbeing and Community Organisations. 

At each venue, surveys were distributed, completed and collated about what people thought of the area and what their priorities were. This consultation has helped to create the structure for the NDP.based on comments received. 

Click here to view the Community consultation summary report

 We were hoping to continue these but Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have stopped group meetings.

We will be using social media and other means to engage with the community.

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What have we achieved so far

The community have helped by taking on various tasks, filling in surveys, being part of the steering group and helping to produce our draft policies.


What did people think about business and community activities?

 See more


Check out the minutes from Steering Group  meetings           

See more


 We have engaged DLP to help us write the Draft Plan.

Aecom are carrying out the Housing Needs Survey

and Design Code assessment on behalf of Locality. 

See what other things DLP have done.

Character Assessments

Local people joined steering group members to carry out an

activity where styles, landscape, buildings, streetscape,

roads etc of each village were recorded with photo evidence.

 See more


  What do people have to say?

What is important to you about our villages?


"I love living in Yorkley. I have lived here all my life. I love the closeness of the woods where you can take lovely walks. Having the community centre and park which is greatly improved for the small children. It’s a quiet place and people are friendly. We have a good health centre, school and post office."


 "The forest is a unique, beautiful place to live. It is quiet, the wildlife is special, the green areas, and range of house styles/locations all contribute to the overall wonderful place. Also villagers are mostly friendly and if one wishes to get involved in local groups, activities etc. you can easily make new friends and acquaintances."


"The people, the community - much of what is available to take part in or join. The environment is stunning - no need to get in a car to be able to experience the forest can do it on foot or on push bike." 


"This area is calm and relaxing. The birds are chirping and lots of fresh air and the grown- ups sit on the bench."

Primary School student


"The woods are lovely and I love going outside in the fresh air. I enjoy the things you can do in this area. To be honest, I don't reallywant much to change.The forest is amazing!!!"

Primary School student


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