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Local Plan Part II - Sites and Policies

What is Local Plan Part II

The Part II Plan identifies additional  sites for housing, employment and other uses to meet the planned  growth  requirements in Local Plan Part I. It will also review  sites/options  to deliver above the minimum requirements. .  The plan will designate Local Green Spaces - which are safeguarded from development  in national planning guidance. These will replace the Open Areas of Local Significance carried forward from the 2002 District Local Plan. The plan may also include a specific policy to support custom and self-build housing and other  development policies. The consultation will be supported by a sustainability appraisal of housing site options   identified in the Local Plan Part II - issues and Options  and other sites submitted in 2016.  The Council will also publish its assessments to designate Local Green Spaces.  

Key Stages in Local Plan Part II

Issues and Options Consultation - October 2015   - January 2016  The Council published a comprehensive review of additional  site options and local green spaces for towns and villages across Mendip. These can be found in the consultation documents section (on the right of this page). Over 1000 people attended the drop in events throughout the district in October and November 2015 and 800 written responses were received.   
Compilation of Responses  February - April 2016Summaries from the issues and options consultation were published in April 2016. Lists of the organisations and individuals responding to the consultation can be found in the documents section below. These show the response reference numbers and whether they relate to a question or individual site.
Further  consultation  with Parishes/Town Councils  December 2016 - April  2017Initial officer-level views on sites and candidate Local Green Spaces were provided to Parish and Town Councils  in late 2016.
In some cases, additional open spaces and development sites  have  been  assessed in response to comments from Parish Councils.
Review of National PolicyThrough 2017Through the Plan process, the policy team have also been considering the potential impact of changes to National Planning Policy and supporting guidance.
Pre-Submission Consultation   December 2017 - January 2018This is the formal consultation stage on the Part II plan The Council will publish the draft Plan including the Council's preferred options for development sites. It will also publish supporting evidence on  site selection (sustainability appraisal and review of Local Green Spaces. The consultation period will be at least six weeks (but may be extended if over the festive period).

Individuals and organisations who have submitted comments or promoted land for development will be notified. Landowners will also be notified where the  Council intend to designate a Local Green Space in the Plan.  Representations made at this stage will be considered at the examination.
February 2018The policy team will compile the responses and consider if any changes should be made to the Plan before submission.
Submission of the Part II Plan   March 2018The Plan, supporting evidence and details of representations are submitted to the Secretary of State. These will be considered by an independent planning Inspector who will advise on the key issues to be examined,  timetable and participants.
Examination of the Part II Plan   June/July 2018 (estimated)This will be a public hearing of the key issues. Participation in the Examination will be determined by the Local Plan Inspector.
Receipt of Inspectors Report November 2018This is the earliest likely date for the Inspector to publish his report. The Inspector may issue interim findings earlier than this.

The Council will consider the report and any recommendations for changes. This may require additional consultation.
Plan AdoptionDecember 2018The Plan will be  formally adopted by the Council and forms part of the development plan.


Last modified: 10 August 2017