COLD water is set to be poured on two separate proposals to bring more than 200 new homes to the Forest.
Members of the district council’s planning committee have been told by officers they should throw out a 200-home plan in Lydney and another for 25 in Littledean.
On the former, a petition against the project has been signed by more than 1,000 people and some 300 letters of objection flooded in too, although 142 also supported it.
It is for the building of 200 homes, including 20 self-build plots and up to 37 retirement apartments, a community building and new public open space with new access roads.
The site is land Off Driffield Road, Allaston Road and Court Road.
But the site is outside of Lydney’s set boundary.
A council report on the plan said: “The site is part of the open countryside outside the defined settlement boundary for Lydney. The proposed development would consolidate existing built development to the north, west and south of the site, eroding the rural character and appearance of the area being on the edge of the town with its fragmented and dispersed development pattern.”
One objector said: “It would bring an increase in carbon emissions to the area. Lydney has already been identified as a town with worryingly high air quality issues.”
Other concerns include more traffic on the A48 and an increase in crime and antisocial behaviour.
But those in favour of it said it would be beneficial to young first time buyers wanting to get onto the property ladder and bring more footfall to the town centre.
In Littledean, developers want to build 25 homes off Beech Way but the council will be told the village is already at capacity and can’t justify allowing the scheme on a greenfield site.
Highways officials also objected, calling one of the proposed new access roads “substandard”.
The planning committee meeting is on Tuesday at 2pm, in Coleford.