Chapter 50



50.1 Woodcroft is a compact and tightly knit village served by narrow lanes. It lies about a mile north of Tutshill on the B.4228 and is positioned immediately to the east of the Wye Gorge. Part of the village lies within the Wye Valley AONB. The village itself is a mixture of styles and types of building including traditional stone and more recent dwellings. Much of the settlement has poor access from a series of narrow lanes.
50.2 Woodcroft has no local services other than a public house, a bakery and a small childrens' play area. Most services are located in nearby Tutshill, which also has the nearest school. There is little local employment within the village.
50.3 The population of the village is estimated to have remained static over recent years at approximately 210 with a housing stock of 89 dwellings. At November 1999 there was outstanding consent for one dwelling.
Development Strategy
50.4 Woodcroft is a compact village with few services. The scope for new development is limited by poor access to parts of the village. In some areas to the west of the B.4228 access is better, however the land here is located within the Wye Valley AONB and is generally prominent. The strategy of the Plan is to safeguard the attractive landscape around Woodcroft, which is especially vulnerable to intrusive development, by means of restricting development in the open countryside beyond the tightly drawn settlement boundary. The strategy will allow residential infilling although there are likely to be few opportunities.
50.5 There is only one large open area within Woodcroft. The area lies to the south of the village, above an old quarry, and is extremely attractive. It is privately owned but together with a smaller area close by makes an important visual contribution to the setting of the village. This open area will be protected from inappropriate development as will the small formal recreational area.

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

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