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Latest News - December 2018

Local Plan Part I - You can view the online Local Plan Part 1 Map and Policies here.

Local Plan Part II - Following consultation on the Pre-submission plan in January 2018, proposed changes are being recommended to Council in December 2018.  The Plan will be submitted in January 2019.  You can view the representations made to the Pre-Submission Plan here. Individuals and organisations who have submitted representations on the Plan will be notified of submission or you can contact us to be added to the mailing list.

There will not be a formal consultation on Proposed Changes but any written responses or comments made before 14th January 2019 will be included as part of the submission documents.  These can be sent to the Council Offices or to  

Single Local Plan Review -  The Council will start a review of Local Plan Part 1 during 2019.  This will take account of revised policies and housing requirements from the updated National Planning Policy Framework. 

Mendip Local Plan

The timetable for the production of policy documents (known as a Local Development Scheme) was updated and agreed on 9th January 2017 and can be found pdf icon here [495kb].  An update to the Local Development Scheme will be produced in early 2019.

An updated schedule of the policies and documents which make up the Development Plan for Mendip can be found pdf icon here [217kb]. This schedule also shows other guidance which may be a consideration in policy decisions and a list of parish plans, design statements and conservation appraisals by settlement.

Information on Supplementary Planning Documents can be viewed here.

Local Plan Parts I & II

Local Plan Part I - Mendip has a recent adopted Local Plan (Dec 2014).  It covers the period 2006-2029 and sets out the Council's overall strategy and housing requirements for the district. It also contains development management policies used to assess planning applications.  The Council considers its housing policies as 'up-to-date' as it can demonstrate more than five year supply of deliverable housing sites. Scoping work on a review of the Part 1 Plan is scheduled for 2019.  

Please see our Development Monitoring page for more information on the five year supply.

Local Plan Part II - This plan identifies additional housing and employment sites to meet district needs in towns and villages, update settlement boundaries and review open space designations. Details of timetable, Pre-Submission Consultation and earlier stages can be found here.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

There are no CIL charges on development in Mendip. Financial contributions are sought via a legal (s106) agreement where required in line with national guidance and Local Plan policies.  Proposals to commission viability work to assess the introduction of CIL were agreed by Cabinet in September 2016. Any decision to proceed with a draft charging schedule will not be made until later in 2018. 

Gypsy and Travellers DPD

Local Plan Part I sets out a need for a significant number of additional pitches and contains policies for assessing individual applications. No consultations have yet taken place which identify suitable sites or locations.

Neighbourhood Planning 

Neighbourhood Plans for Frome and Rode have been adopted.  Details on other designated areas can be found in the Neighbourhood Plans section as well as the support we offer for Neighbourhood Planning.

Affordable Housing

The Council expect 30% of dwellings in schemes over 10 units to be 'affordable'.  In a change to adopted Local Plan Policy DP11 Affordable Housing, contributions will not be sought on proposals under 10 units or under 1000 sq m in line with national planning guidance.  The mix and tenure of affordable units is negotiated on a case by case basis. The Council also actively support local affordable housing schemes under its Exception Sites policy. Further details can be found here.

Self and Custom build proposals

The Council maintain a register of Individuals and organisations interested in self or custom-build homes - further details are available here.

Planning Reform

The Council submitted a  pdf icon response [347kb] to the government consultation "Planning for the right homes in the right places".  A proposed formula for setting housing requirements could result in substantially higher housing growth in the Mendip District.

Brownfield Register

This has now been published and is available to view here.


Last modified: 05 December 2018