Chapter 48 

Westbury-on-Severn

 

Introduction
48.1 Westbury-on-Severn is a small attractive village situated on low lying ground close to the River Severn and surrounded by an open agricultural landscape. The village is predominantly linear in form, stretching along the busy A.48. The volume of traffic is intrusive. Recently additional traffic management measures have been implemented.

 

48.2 Virtually the whole village is designated as a Conservation Area. Prominent buildings include the old police station, church spire and Westbury Court Gardens. The Garden is a restored Dutch water garden of national importance which is owned and managed by the National Trust and is a significant tourist attraction. There are several prominent open spaces within the village.
48.3 The village has a reasonable level of services which include a school, church, post office, public house, dentists and doctors surgery. A large recreation ground including various sports pitches and a hall is situated outside the village.
48.4 There are a few local businesses that provide employment in the village, including a residential home for the elderly.
48.5 Following the fairly significant housing development at Colchester Close in the 1980s the village has not increased in size in terms of new dwellings and the population has remained stable. In December 1998 the village's population was approximately 230 and there were 82 dwellings. There were outstanding planning consents for 5 dwellings in December 1999 which are concentrated mainly in centre of the village at the coal yard and Mill House.
Development Strategy
48.6 The Plan strategy allows for some residential development in the form of infilling and small groups of dwellings within the settlement boundary of Westbury together with an allocation for approximately 10 new dwellings providing a modest addition to the village. Otherwise little change is expected to take place over the Plan period as there are few opportunities remaining for further development within the village. Incursions into the surrounding countryside will be resisted. The high quality of the built environment in Westbury is fundamental to the village's character and development proposals will be required to preserve and enhance the Conservation Area. During the Plan period the potential for traffic management will be further investigated on the A.48 to reduce the impact of through traffic. The long history of the settlement means that an archaeological assessment may be required as part of development proposals.
48.7 Important open spaces including Westbury Court Garden and the churchyard and other open areas which contribute to visual amenity will be protected. The school playing fields and the recreation ground situated outside the village are protected from development as important recreational resources and as attractive amenity space.
Housing
Housing Allocation - The Coalyard
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Approximately 0.2 hectares of land at the Coalyard will be allocated for the provision of about 10 new dwellings. Development will be required to:

  1. Provide vehicular access from the A48
  2. Provide an appropriate number of affordable housing units
  3. Provide for landscaping to the site boundaries where they adjoin the open countryside
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    In addition the Council will seek to negotiate the following:
  4. An appropriate contribution to educational provision for the future occupiers of the site.

48.8 The above site is located to the east of Westbury settlement and is partly in use as a coalyard. It is suitable for the development of approximately 10 dwellings in total, inclusive of a current planning permission on the site. The Plan will require proposals to bring forward a development which secures a mix of dwelling types. The Forest of Dean District Council will negotiate an appropriate number of affordable housing units to meet local needs during the Plan period.
48.9 The site is on the edge of the settlement but less than 100m from the centre of the village. The site is within the Conservation Area boundary and any new development should therefore reflect the quality of the built environment. Any development will need to have regard to the requirements of the Environment Agency with respect to any potential flood risk and include appropriate measures to the satisfaction of the Environment Agency. As the site will mark the built up boundary to Westbury, adjacent to high quality landscape, particular attention must be paid to the establishment of a well defined and landscaped boundary to the site.

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


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