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Landowners are being urged not to miss the opportunity to bring forward potential development sites in the Forest of Dean.

They have until July 7 before Forest of Dean District Council completes its Draft Allocations Plan – which will shape development in the area until 2026.

Bruton Knowles’ Town Planner Paul Barton said: “These could be plots of land suitable for housing and landowners should be primed and ready to come forward with sites. As always, obtaining the right advice is critical before proceeding and we can arrange free consultations.”

Landowners may be unaware that often developers pay for professional fees, so reducing any element of risk should an application be taken forward.

“Landowners who have already sold land for development are looking for the best investment and re-investing in land is very often the answer to avoid potential tax pitfalls.

“This process is accelerating as farmers face steadily declining commodity prices.”

Paul added: “While housing development in the Forest of Dean is often a focus of contention, the Government has made it abundantly clear that the number of new homes being built is not sufficient to meet current, let alone future demand.

“It is absolutely vital for the present and future populations that the council continues the hard work which it has undertaken for its emerging Allocations Plan – whilst balancing the concerns of the vocal minority who already have a home and appear determined to prevent new generations enjoying the same privilege.”

For help with all your property matters contact Paul Barton on 01452 880000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.