Chapter 53

Yorkley / Yorkley Slade

  Introduction
 
53.1 Yorkley and Yorkley Slade together form one of the larger settlements on the southern edge of the Forest Ring. They are situated on high ground between Pillowell and Oldcroft and their joint population is about 1160. They provide a good range of local services and facilities. The settlement is continuous but can be divided into two distinct areas. Yorkley itself shows the typical original layout of the Forest Ring settlement, generally dating from the mid 19th Century. Yorkley Slade or Slad is now dominated by modern housing estates in a more regular layout. Modern house building has taken place in both parts of the settlement, and this has had a most significant effect on the once spacious and open character of Yorkley/Yorkley Slade.
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53.2 To the north the village is bounded by forest, and to the south by agricultural land. The settlement is a prominent feature in the landscape due to its position on high ground. Evidence of the former importance of the coal mining industry remains only in the form of industrial artefacts. The built-up fringes of Yorkley bounded by forest and agricultural land have been much less affected by recent infilling. The settlement is surrounded by the Special Landscape Area of the Plan.
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53.3 The generally amorphous shape of the settlement means it has no obvious centre or focus. There is however a range of local services comprising three shops (including a Post Office and a craft shop) and two public houses, a school, a health centre and a recreation hall. In addition there is a substantial recreation ground. There is some local employment available locally at Whitecroft, however Lydney is within 5 kilometres and a major employment centre.
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53.4 In the past residential development and infilling in the settlement has had a significant effect upon the form of the village. Many of the former open areas typical of the Forest Ring settlement have been developed, which has detracted from the character of the village. The strategy of the Plan will be to retain as far as possible the remaining character of the settlement, particularly by protecting open areas and ensuring any further development is appropriate to its surroundings.
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53.5 The present population of Yorkley (with Yorkley Slade) is about 1160, which corresponds to a housing stock of about 452. On 1st January, 2000 there were outstanding consents for a further 7 dwellings in Yorkley.
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  Development Strategy
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53.6 Yorkley is set on the edge of the Forest, within the Plan's Special Landscape Area. The setting is a most attractive one which will be safeguarded from intrusive development. It is also generally conspicuous, giving rise to the need for careful attention to the visible effect of development viewed from outside the village. The strategy for Yorkley/Yorkley Slade is one of conservation of the attractive elements of the settlement, and the careful control of the details of future change to ensure compatibility with the underlying settlement character. New housing will be restricted over much of the built up area. Those areas which are more sensitive to the effect of development will be the subject of particular policies to achieve a greater degree of control. In the remainder of the settlement, development of infilling ,small groups of dwellings and single dwellings will be permitted on suitable sites within the overall controls applied by the other policies of the Plan.
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53.7 The strategy of the Plan will be to protect important open areas, including areas of forest waste. There are some important open areas remaining in Yorkley/Yorkley Slade. Most of these are forest waste, but some of equal merit are enclosed areas which make a major contribution to the character and form of the settlement. The fringes of Yorkley are especially well provided with informal areas of open space. The principal open areas are shown on the Inset Map. However, small areas of forest waste abound, often in the form of roadside verges. These may be too small to show on the Inset Map, but are equally deserving of protection from development because of their contribution to the overall character of the settlement. The open countryside around Yorkley/Yorkley Slade will remain largely unchanged.
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Housing
Restriction on Development

 

 

(R)F.Yorkley 1

Residential development including single dwellings will not be permitted within the areas identified on the Inset Map. Exceptions will be made only where proposals would result in a significant improvement to the built environment or the amenity of the area. All new development will be required to complement the established and settled character of the area.

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53.8 The Inset Map shows two areas subject to policy (R)F.Yorkley 1 where new housing will only be permitted where the proposal will result in an improvement to the environment and amenity of the area. One area is located to the western boundary of Yorkley and contains several important open areas. The other is located to the east of the settlement, both include many of the older traditional buildings in Yorkley. Although they have experienced a degree of change, these areas are worthy of particular protection, as they still retain much of their original character, most notably an open spacious layout punctuated by areas of forest waste and small paddocks. New residential development in these areas will be resisted. Exceptions will be made only where the proposal would result in a demonstrable overall improvement to the amenity and environment of an area. Such improvements will not include the development of sites which are only superficially untidy.
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Restriction on Development

 

 

(R)F.Yorkley 2

New residential development will be restricted to single dwellings and infill only within the area identified on the Inset Map. Proposals must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory relationship with surrounding land uses and must not involve the loss of significant open areas.

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53.9 Within the area identified by (R)F.Yorkley 2 there will be a strict control of development to ensure the character of the area is not adversely affected. This area comprises an older part of Yorkley, where there has been considerable infilling in the past. Not all of this has been complementary to the built form of the settlement. There is also evidence of the loss of former forest waste. Together these trends have detracted from the original character and quality of the area. Policy (R)F.Yorkley 2 proposes that particular attention should be given to the detail of development proposals to ensure that they complement the underlying character of area. It is anticipated that some limited scope for single dwellings and infill may still exist.

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


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