Chapter 30

Newland

Introduction
30.1 Newland is a small and compact village set in an elevated position on the side of a valley which leads steeply down to the River Wye. It is located within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The imposing church, and the substantial buildings which surround it (all listed as of architectural or historic value), form the core of the village. The majority of the buildings in the older part of the village are of architectural or historic merit, both individually and collectively. The entire village is designated as a Conservation Area, notwithstanding that the more recent buildings around the periphery of the village do not reflect the local building styles and materials found elsewhere in Newland.
30.2 The village is small, having an estimated population of approximately 130 and a dwelling stock of about 50. There have been very few new dwelling completions in the village over an extended period. There were no outstanding consents for new dwellings at January 1999. There are few local services, comprising only a village hall, public house and church. Local employment is very limited.
30.3 Within the village are three large open amenity areas, which are identified on the Inset Map. They make an important contribution to the character and quality of the Conservation Area.
Development Strategy
30.4 Newland is a small village with few local services, and located some distance from the nearest large settlement (Coleford), and accessible only by roads of limited capacity. Only very limited further development will be provided for over the Plan period, confined to infill housing development. There are likely to be very few such infill sites available. Where development is proposed due regard will need to be given to the prominent and elevated position of the village, and the very high quality of the built environment and surrounding landscape within the AONB. The important open areas within the village will be protected from development. The overall effect of the strategy will be a continuation of the very limited level of change in Newland, as in the previous Plan period. There may be a need for archaeological assessments to accompany development applications.

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


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