Plans to build a new 3,000 home village near M50 motorway

Developers believe they could create a new sustainable development at Glynchbrook, close to junction two of the motorway.

The proposals, which residents can now have their say on, aim to create a new settlement with homes, leisure facilities, employment sites and renewable energy creation within the Forest of Dean district.

Those behind the proposals say the site’s location at the meeting point of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire, will be a new gateway to the north of the Forest of Dean district.

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They say Glynchbrook will be a visionary, vibrant and highly sustainable place that will inspire those who live, work and visit.

And that it will provide all the necessary physical and community infrastructure to support the growth of a place that will offer a strong sense of community, destination, and place that can support and integrate with existing local communities.


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If approved, the new settlement would comprise a mix of up to 3,000 homes, and workspaces to support a range of around 3,000 new jobs, as well as community, education, recreational, health and retail facilities.

“It will support wider existing employment areas, develop, and provide hi-tech support to the three counties farming communities and link to regional urban centres with strategic transport links,” the developers say.

“It will be a high-quality, self-sustaining place and offer lasting value to existing surrounding communities. Glynchbrook will look beyond its boundaries to support the existing and growing economies of the immediate area, the Forest of Dean, and the three counties.

“It will leverage its strategic location to support both the established and developing employment areas nearby, whilst generating its own identity as a distinctive new settlement and economically buoyant destination.”

Hereford Times: How the new village could lookHow the new village could look (Image: Blackbox Planning)

The developers say a new village would help meet the Forest’s housing needs by creating a sustainable new settlement in the district is not a new one.

Such an idea had been part of the new emerging local plan for the district but that was shelved by council leaders in favour of focussing housing development in Lydney, Newent, Beachley and existing villages.

However, the Forest of Dean District Council has a need to deliver around 7,500 new home by 2041, and 4,000 dwellings are needed from new development sites yet to be identified. People can have until March 30, 2024 to have their say on the proposals on the consultation website.

This is being done ahead of a formal planning application being submitted to Forest of Dean District Council.

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