Chapter 17

Dymock

Introduction
17.1 Dymock is located 6 kilometres north of Newent in the northern part of the District. It is an attractive village, the older part of which fronts directly onto the B.4215. The village has a church, school, public house, petrol station, post office, village hall and play area and there is a private recreation ground nearby. Much of the village is a Conservation Area, There is little local employment available. By virtue of its location in an area containing meadows and scenic woodlands, which contain wild Daffodils and its historic literary associations, Dymock attracts a considerable number of tourists.
17.2 In 1998 the population of the village was approximately 320 and the dwelling stock numbered about 130. On January 1st 1999 there were further consents for 10 houses on a single site and initial site works on this site had commenced.
Development Strategy
17.3 Dymock is tightly constrained by the surrounding countryside and by important open areas within the village such as the old railway cutting. The need to protect the Conservation Area from inappropriate development is a further constraint. The Plan's housing policy will provide for development at a scale of small groups, single dwellings and infilling within the Defined Settlement Boundary although such opportunities are very limited. Any change that does occur through new housing or other development will need to respect the character of the Conservation Area and of the village as a whole. Partly because of the demand for parking from tourists and partly because of the need to augment the parking facilities for the village hall and church, the possibility of a new car park in the village is being explored and may be constructed during the Plan period.
Built Environment
17.4 Dymock has a long history of settlement and by implication may contain significant archaeological remains. There are visible remains of the former Canal and railway which passed through the village and there is a strong possibility of artefacts from the more distant past being present. It is therefore likely that archaeological investigations will be required as part of development proposals.
17.5 The setting and character of the village draws heavily on the substantial number of open areas shown on the Inset Map and these will be protected from development under Policy (R)FBE.7. The Inset Map identifies an area of land on the fringe of the village which will be safeguarded to facilitate the future reinstatement of the Herefordshire Gloucestershire canal.
17.6 Through traffic on the relatively narrow B.4215 causes some environmental problems. There is therefore a need to consider the potential for further reducing the environmental impact of this by supplementing the limited traffic calming "gateway" measures that are already established.

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Forest of Dean District Local Plan Review, 1st Deposit Draft. July 2000


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