Building Planning

128 affordable homes delivered across the district in the last financial year

2023-24 saw the Forest of Dean District Council have another strong year in delivering affordable housing with 128 new affordable and eco-friendly homes delivered across the district. 

Councillor Adrian Birch, leader of the council, said:  

"As a council we’re committed to providing affordable housing for our residents, and these new statistics show that we are making progress towards that goal.  

“These houses are situated right across the district and are evidence of our desire to meet the housing needs of local residents. Furthermore, by achieving a high energy performance rating, we are also helping to reduce our carbon footprint and reducing energy costs for future occupants. 

“If you are interested in applying for affordable housing then please register with Homeseeker Plus. The details of which can be found on the council’s website." 

In total, 32 social rented homes 60 affordable rented homes and 36 shared ownership homes have been built across the district, including in rural parishes, as seen below: 

  • 56 new affordable homes delivered in Newent. 
  • 28 new affordable homes delivered in Lydney. 
  • 27 new affordable homes delivered in Coleford. 
  • 17 new affordable homes were delivered in rural parishes which helps enable households to live and remain in their local communities.  

The delivery of this affordable housing has been supported by £70,000 of grant funding from the District Council and positive working relationships between the council and local housing association, Two Rivers Housing, has seen the delivery of 97 new affordable homes. 

The 128 houses consist of multiple different types from one bed flats and bungalows through to larger sized four-bed family housing. Furthermore, the delivery of 36 shared-ownership homes has helped families take their first step onto the property ladder. 

The new affordable homes have all achieved an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) above the national average for existing homes (EPC D). This means that the homes will be more energy efficient resulting in lower environmental impact and cheaper energy bills. 

More information on housing across the district, including how to apply to HomeseekerPlus, can be found here:  

Contact Information

Forest of Dean Communications Team

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