Chapter 22

Hewelsfield

Introduction
22.1 Hewelsfield is situated approximately 8 Kilometres south of Coleford on the upland plateau which borders the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hewelsfield comprises a very small accumulation of dwellings loosely gathered around a most imposing Church which provides the focus for the settlement. The overall grouping of buildings provides a most attractive built environment, which is a designated Conservation Area. Hewelsfield is set within the Special Landscape Area of the Plan.
22.2 There are no services or facilities available within Hewelsfield, other than the Church. The nearest facilities are located about two miles away at St. Briavels. Access to Hewelsfield is via narrow lanes.
22.3 There are fewer than 20 dwellings in and adjacent to the Conservation Area, with an estimated population of 40. There have been two additional dwellings added to the housing stock in the past ten years through building conversions.
Development Strategy
22.4 Hewelsfield consists of a small, loose accumulation of buildings, with no services and poor access. As a result it is not a suitable location for further residential development and will be regarded as forming part of the open countryside. No settlement boundary is defined. The Plan will continue to support the preservation and enhancement of the Conservation Area, shown on the Inset Map, together with the protection of the attractive landscape in and surrounding Hewelsfield.

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


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