Housing boom in Forest of Dean as plans for 49 new homes to be decided
POCKETS of new homes across the Forest of Dean could be approved next week, as calls are made for better planning to ease the traffic nightmare they are likely to add to.
Planning bosses will be asked to consider proposals for 49 new houses, the majority of which are in rural spots.
Eighteen new homes are awaiting approval to be added to the St Whites development in Cinderford, with eight in Ruspidge, nine in Tibberton and 14 in Bream.
All are recommended for approval, subject to district council officers signing off legal agreements and, in the Bream case, a subsequent, more detailed application.
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While there's no doubt the Forest needs new homes, it has led to calls for bordering authorities to get their heads together over a traffic situation which some say is approaching crisis point.
District councillor Gethyn Davies (C, Tidenham) is the vice-chairman of the planning committee and said the A48 simply could not handle any extra capacity at either end of its stretch through the Forest.
"There's a horrendous bottleneck at the traffic lights into Chepstow every morning, and it's the same at the Gloucester end," he said.
"The Forest needs more homes, there's no doubt about that, but everyone moving here will be heading to Chepstow or Gloucester for work and it needs a look at the bigger picture. We're not just talking about counties and districts, we're talking about countries – England and Wales – not talking to each other about what can be done."
He has called a meeting between representatives from Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire to address his concerns, with calls for a Chepstow bypass likely to be raised. His fears stem from the thousands of new homes being built, and planned for, at Lydney and Chepstow – but the extra pockets of housing elsewhere in the district will add to it too, he said.
Tom Gooch, manager of the Coleford branch of Steve Gooch estate agents, said the area was seeing definite signs of recovery in the housing market.
"New builds are always popular, but you still have to be price sensitive," he said.
"We've just sold the last home on the Angel Vale estate in Coleford and it's been a very pleasing summer for us. There is a demand there again and we're seeing a lot of 'for sale' signs going up as people come back into the market."