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Latest News - August 2017

The policy team are currently working on a site allocations document (Local Plan Part II) which will identify additional housing and employment sites to meet the requirements in Local Plan Part 1. The plan will also designate Local Green Spaces in towns and villages.  A pre-submission draft of Local Plan Part II is likely to be considered by October 2017 and formally agreed for  consultation  by November.  Formal Consultation dates have yet to be agreed but  the Council aims to submit the plan by  March 2018. The consultation will be supported by a detailed sustainability appraisal of housing site options identified in the Local Plan Part II - issues and Options stage in 2015 and other sites submitted in 2016. 

Publication of Local Plan Part II has taken longer  to consider the feedback from town and parish councils and take on board the Councils latest economic development work and corporate strategy.  The Part II plan will be considering sites to deliver above the minimum requirements in Local Plan Part 1.  This reflects some of the findings in the latest evidence on housing need which was published in October 2016 and can be viewed here.

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 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 offer can be viewed here.

Local Plan Part I

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 2018.  

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

Local Plan Part II

Local Plan Part II - This document will identify additional housing and employment sites to meet district needs in towns and villages, update settlement boundaries and review open space designations. There may also be additional development policies. An issues and options consultation was held in Oct - Dec 2015.  A list of individuals and organisations making responses and summary of comments s available within the documents section of the Local Plan Part II page.  Full responses are not available online but can viewed at the Council offices.

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. This is on hold awaiting government proposals on the future of CIL - due in the government Autumn budget. Any decision to proceed with a draft charging schedule will not therefore be made until early 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.

Register of Brownfield Sites

The Council is required to publish details of brownfield sites suitable for housing by 31st December 2017.  Given work on Local Plan Part II,  the council will not undertake a specific call for sites or consultation this year. The initial register is likely to identify brownfield sites with planning permission. Further information on assessment of other sites will be published later in 2017 on development land page.

Last modified: 09 August 2017