How we responded to the government’s ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper.

Below are the responses we made to the 84-page Planning for the Future white paper on planning reform, published by the Government in 2020.  If the proposals in the White paper are enacted and our planning system is replaced by one based on the three proposed zones, it will mean that the role of the NDP will also be significantly altered. We felt that it was important that, as a Steering Group, we made the effort to understand the implications of these proposals and respond accordingly.

The first response is a covering email which addresses significant points to which it was not possible to respond within the 26 questions that were embedded in the white paper. Those questions (some slightly abbreviated) along with our responses are included in the second document. It is important to have a look at the White Paper itself as well, in order to fully understand the context of the questions and responses.

“I am grateful to Graham Highton and Helen Selwood, the other members of the three strong Working Group, which met to discuss the White Paper and our possible responses. The drafts were taken to the Steering Group who approved the responses by a clear majority. They were successfully submitted on Wednesday 28th October.” – Gill Moseley, Chair of the NDP Steering Group.


Newent Neighbourhood Development Plan Questionnaire (October 2019)

After a successful first public consultation in October 2019, we are still on the lookout for more and broader perspectives on what Newent residents and those in the surrounding areas want to see from future developments in and around the town.

To that end, we’d love for as many as possible to answer a short questionnaire. We’ll endeavour to make this easily Submittable online in the future, but for now, if you could download the following PDF file, print it, fill it in, and either email it to us at, or drop it off at the Newent Library, Town Council office or Gooch Sports store on the high-street. You can also pickup hard copies from those locations if you prefer.

Click here to download the Questionnaire Newent 2019 PDF