On Friday the 4th of April 2014 the finalized Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) was handed to the Local Planning Authority, the Forest of Dean District Council.

Lydney Town Council instigated the idea of developing the Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan in April 2012 and a Lydney NDP Community Steering Group was formed with members from the Town Council, representatives of local groups and interested individuals to progress the Lydney NDP.

On the 11th of January 2013 the Steering Group held a public meeting to introduce NDPs, the changes to the planning system and the process of completing an NDP.  The meeting, attended by Mark Harper, the local MP who introduced the NDP process, was well attended by members of the public.  There was an extensive question and answer session at the meeting on the possible remit of the Lydney NDP and the extent of its power, as well as questions on more general issues which were contentious in the town.

Following the 11th January 2013 town meeting the NDP Steering Group grouped the main issues which were identified in the NDP questionnaires and raised in the town meeting into 8 headings:

  •  Education
  • Transport
  • Health
  • Leisure and Sport
  • Town Centre Regeneration
  • Economic Growth
  • Environment
  • Harbour

Over the next few months the draft NDP was developed and an 11 week public consultation period started in September 2013 on the ‘Draft Lydney Plan – Public Version’ (Click here to view)

Printed copies of the Draft Lydney Plan were distributed prior to the start of the public consultation period on the 2nd of October 2013 and one hundred and forty one copies of the Draft Lydney Plan were posted to:

  • 32 local groups and organisations
  • 14 local schools, nurseries, academy and children’s centre
  • 5 nursing and care homes for the elderly
  • 4 health centres
  • 6 environmental groups
  • 2 village agents
  • 78 statutory consultees including the LPA, Forest of Dean District Council
  • 71 were also hand delivered to shops and businesses

As well as distribution of the printed copies of the Draft Lydney Plan, Lydney resident were contacted in a variety of ways during the consultation period, including:

  • The NDP website and Facebook page were created and launched prior to the consultation period
  • 10,000 copies of Newsletter No.1 were sent to Lydney residents and businesses at the start of the consultation period
  • Radio interview with Radio Gloucestershire at the beginning of the consultation period highlighted NDPs and advertised Lydney’s Plan and community public consultation meeting dates
  • Newspaper adverts were placed in the two local papers for six weeks advertising the website, Facebook page and two town meetings dates
  • Two public meetings were held at the start of the consultation period, on the 2nd and 8th of October 2013
  • 10,000 copies of Newsletter No.2 were sent to Lydney residents and businesses in the middle of the consultation period
  • Bi monthly Lydney Town Councillor surgeries were held outside of the town centre Co-op or Tesco stores at which further NDP questionnaires were issued, the Lydney Draft Plan was discussed and comments public were recorded.
  • Members of the Steering Group attended the local church summer fete event manned a stand with NDP display boards

Two public consultation meetings were held for Lydney residents and businesses at the start of the Public Consultation period to discuss the Draft Lydney Plan.  The first meeting was held in Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane at 7pm on Wednesday the 2nd of October 2013 and second in The Annexe Inn, in the centre of town on Tuesday the 8th of October 2013 at 7pm.

The 11 week Public Consultation finished on the 20th of December 2013 and 165 comments were received (Click here to see all comments).  During January 2014 the consultation comments were collated and three working group meetings during January and February 2014 were convened by the Steering Group to appraise to feedback and incorporate it into the Lydney Plan where appropriate.

The Draft Plan was amended accordingly and revised into the ‘Lydney Plan – Examiners Version’ and delivered to the Forest of Dean District Council whom will check the Plan to make sure it meets the legal requirements identified in The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.  FoDDC will then publicise the Plan and invite people to make comments.  At the same time the FoDDC will also appoint an independent assessor to examine the plan and make sure the Plan meets the criteria set down in Schedule 4B of The Town and Country  Planning Act 1990 as amended by The Localism Act 2011

The Independent assessor will either:

1. Refuse the Plan

2.  Pass the Plan

3. Pass the Plan with modifications