Chapter 51

(including Netherend)

51.1 The village of Woolaston is located adjacent to the A.48, about 5 kilometres south west of Lydney. The majority of the village is located west of the A.48 and is composed of a number of post war housing estates superimposed upon a previously dispersed settlement. Originally Woolaston comprised a loose scatter of dwellings on the lower slopes of the Severn Escarpment. The village has experienced a period of rapid growth well beyond its original boundaries, and now has a character quite different to that of 20-30 years ago. The village has the appearance of a series of housing estates, mostly formed around cul-de-sacs leading off the access roads through Woolaston. The process of change has been incremental, so that generally each new housing development has pushed further into the open countryside away from the A.48, following the alignment of the access roads. Subsequently there has been a process of infilling of spaces left within the village framework. The village has therefore grown substantially as new boundaries were successively defined for the village, and then infilled. In the last ten years there has been some slowing of the previous rapid growth rate, as new housing generally has taken the form of small groups and infilling rather than large estates. Today it contains almost 300 dwellings, together with related services.
51.2 The village has a school, two shops, a Post Office, a chapel and a public house and a number of small employers including a dairy and two garages. In addition there are two assembly halls and a substantial recreation ground.
51.3 In 1941 there were only approximately 35 dwellings in Woolaston. The Parish population has expanded in line with the level of new housing construction. The population of Woolaston village is estimated to be 745 with a housing stock of 287 in 1999. There were outstanding commitments for only 1 dwelling on 1st January, 1999.
51.4 The village abuts open land, both agricultural and woodland, on much of its boundary. The lower slopes of the Severn Escarpment on which the village lies are very open to views from the upper escarpment and from the A.48 in places. In the north west quadrant of the village the built-up area abuts a series of small fields, open areas, and dispersed housing which provide a much more open settlement form. It is important to safeguard this more open area from what could be the cumulative effect of infill development which could result in the loss of this open character.
Development Strategy
51.5 Within the Defined Settlement Boundary of Woolaston there are likely to be only limited opportunities for further residential development. The strategy of the Plan is to safeguard the surrounding open countryside from development and resist piecemeal incursions beyond the built up area boundary. The strategy will allow development in the form of infilling and small groups on appropriate sites within the defined settlement boundary which follows the built-up area boundary closely. A small site capable of redevelopment for housing is allocated by the Plan.
51.6 The few remaining open areas in the village will be protected from development. Several important open areas have been identified on the Inset Map, these being virtually the only remaining undeveloped areas within the village. Of equal importance, but generally outside the village itself, is the extensive recreation ground and related open area.

Housing Allocation - Netherend Farm


(R)F.Woolaston 1

Approximately 0.7 hectares of land at Netherend Farm will be allocated for the provision of approximately 15 new dwellings. Development will be required to:

  1. Provide vehicular and pedestrian access through land currently occupied by Netherend farm house
  2. Provide an appropriate number of affordable housing units
  3. Provide for landscaping to the site boundaries and within the site
    In addition the Council will seek to negotiate the following:
  4. An appropriate contribution to educational provision for the future occupiers of the site.
51.7 The above site is located to the west of Woolaston and is contained within previously developed land occupied by an existing dairy farm. The site is currently bordered by residential properties to the north and east which will limit views of the development from the village but it is visible to the south west and west from the adjacent open countryside. The land has been identified as an area suitable for the development of approximately 15 dwellings. The Plan will support proposals which bring forward a development which secures a mix of dwelling sizes. The Forest of Dean District Council will seek to negotiate an appropriate number of affordable housing units to meet local need over the Plan period. Development will need to ensure the establishment of a firm landscaped boundary to the adjoining open countryside.


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

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