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Latest News - August 2018

Local Plan Part II - Consultation on the Pre-submission draft of Local Plan Part II and accompanying documents has now closed. You can view the representations made here.

The policy team are currently working through the site specific objections and drawing up a list of modifications where these are considered necessary or justified.

Draft Modifications will be considered by Cabinet by November and Full Council in December ahead of plan submission (by January 2019).

Local Plan Part 1  A recent appeal decision - received on 11th July (pdf icon see here [185kb]) confirms Mendip can demonstrate a five year supply and the Local Plan Part 1 remains up to date.  The Inspector also highlighted the importance of maintaining the principles on Local Plan Part 1 (the Spatial Strategy) over speculative housing development.

Single Local Plan - The Council will undertake a review of Local Plan Part 1 in 2019.

Timetable & Development Plan for Mendip

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 once changes to the National Planning Framework are finalised.

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: 16 August 2018