Newent’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)
How should Newent develop? The Forest of Dean’s next Local Plan (Draft) will be out for consultation in spring this year. In this draft plan, which will cover the period until 2041, are likely to be proposals for 600 more houses in Newent.
This plan is in outline at present. It recognizes Newent’s need for more infrastructure, retail, employment opportunities, community buildings, access to transport and green spaces. It also acknowledges the importance of linking the new development to the historic town centre. However, the detail is lacking at this stage.
Newent’s own plan, the NDP, is there to give a voice to the people who live, work or study in Newent and to provide guidance to the planners as to local needs and wishes. Since the pre-Covid Public Consultation in October 2019, the Steering Group has been busy collecting more evidence in the form of surveys and from other sources. Soon the policy writing will start and there will be further public consultation to ask if members of the public agree with our findings. Our local plan for Newent must lie in general conformity with that of the FoDDC. Creating our own NDP is the best chance we have to influence the way development takes place in our town and parish.
If you care about Newent’s future, please come and talk to us. The NDP Steering Group meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7pm and welcomes new members and volunteers from the community of Newent. Its membership includes town councillors and members of the community. The venue can vary so please contact email@example.com for details. More information can be found on our website at https://www.newentourfuture.co.uk/