Mortimer Forest

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Forestry Commission has taken, since the original planning application was made regarding proposed developments in Mortimer Forest on the Shropshire–Herefordshire border, to ensure that residents who have an interest have been kept informed of any changes to those plans in an open and transparent manner.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There has not been a planning application by the Forestry Commission, or any other organisation for any developments in Mortimer Forest. Information regarding the proposed Forest Holidays development has been made widely available to local communities. Public Exhibitions were held on 27 and 28 February 2018 where people had the chance to view the proposals and discuss them with members of the Forestry Commission and Forest Holidays teams. Close neighbours were invited to an earlier exhibition. Following these events, exhibition materials and other updates and information have been made available on the Forestry Commission’s website. Any subsequent planning application will be made publically available by the planning authority and anyone who wishes to do so will be able to view and comment on the application.

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