The Five Acres site is the home of the Forest of Dean campus of Gloucestershire College (GlosCol) and comprises the College buildings, the Forest Theatre and a playing field. Close by are Lakers School, Berry Hill Primary School, the Forest of Dean Fitness and Gymnastics Centre and Berry Hill Rugby Club.
GlosCol plans to develop a replacement campus in Cinderford, with the prospect of this happening, a new use has to be found for the Five Acres site.
Five Acres Not For Sale (FANS) is a community group with a vision for the future of the site. A key aim of the campaign is to ensure the site is developed as a facility for the community and visitors, and the land retained for community leisure use.FANS wants to see the site developed as a destination hub for recreation, for use by the community and visitors to the area.
The preferred development option is to see the Five Acres site retained for community leisure use, including a leisure pool, theatre and playing fields. Berry Hill RFC Club would be relocated to the Berry Hill School site, with a second pitch provided on the Five Acres site. The Berry Hill RFC site would be developed for housing.
West Dean Parish Council (WDPC) supports the FANS campaign, and is committed to working with FANS to develop a business plan and funding strategy to support the preferred development option.