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Publication of Local Plan provides 'clear way forward' for Mendip

The Inspector's Report into the examination of Mendip's Local Plan Part ll (LPP2) has been published. It follows hearings in 2019 and 2020.

The report confirms that the Local Plan and policies are sound, and can be adopted with specific changes known as  'Main Modifications'.

The Inspector has also set out his reasons on the need for additional housing in the north east of the district, and the approach to identifying sites.

The LPP2 proposed for adoption includes the following highlights:

  • 30 new development sites are identified
  • three existing development allocations from Local Plan Part I are updated (Saxonvale, land west of Street, and Street Business Park)
  • the status and purpose of 'Future Growth Areas' identified in LPP1 is clarified
  • existing employment sites are identified, additional employment land is allocated, and a policy for identifying land in future is set
  • the policy on self-build exception sites for single dwellings is confirmed
  • the allocation of housing sites in Norton St Phillip and Beckington is confirmed as well as development sites near Midsomer Norton and Westfield

Publication of the report brings the examination stage to a close, and no further major revisions can be made.

A report will be presented to Cabinet on 4th October. Formal adoption is due take place at Full Council in December.

Cllr Garfield Kennedy, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development Management, said: "It's been a long process. We recognise it's been frustrating and difficult for some communities with significant delays due to COVID, consultations, and a need for extra revisions to policies to address the Phosphates issue. 

"But we now have a Plan we can adopt which provides certainty around our identified housing supply, and a clear way forward."

All local authorities must produce Local Plans. They set out a vision for the future of each area and provide a framework for addressing housing need, plus other social, economic and environmental priorities.

The report and schedule of modifications can be found on the Local Plan examination page:

Cabinet papers (4th October) can be found here: Mendip LPP2 and an updated version of the Local Plan here