Local Plan Part II: Sites and Policies
Additional housing and employment sites - Plan at examination.
The purpose of Mendip District Local Plan Part II (Sites and Policies) is to:
- Identify and allocate additional sites for housing to meet the requirements for affordable and market housing set out in Local Plan Part I;
- To ensure there are sufficient sites to enable a rolling five year supply of housing land in the District;
- To allocate additional employment land and identify existing employment sites to support economic development;
- To update development limits around towns and villages;
- To propose Local Green Spaces based a review of "open areas of local significance' in the current Part I Plan (now withdrawn);
- To introduce a 'single-site' exception policy to allow self or custom build dwellings in rural settlements for occupiers with a local connection.
The Part II plan does not revisit the strategic policies in Local Plan Part 1. Please scroll down for links to the examination, previous consultations and representations made.
Latest Version of Local Plan Part II and status
Policies and sites in Local Plan Part II remain subject to the Inspectors examination report and adoption but can be material consideration in planning decisions.
A track-change version of Local Plan Part II showing main modifications is below.
Consultation on Main Modifications to the Plan took place from 21st January 2020 to 2nd March 2020. Significant changes include additional housing allocations in the NE of the District and policies committing to a timetable to review Local Plan Part 1 and highways impacts in and around Frome. Other changes include a revised policy for the Morlands site in Glastonbury to bring forward a travellers site and withdrawal of proposed Local Green Spaces from the Plan to be reconsidered in the future Part 1 Review.
The modifications schedule, response forms and supporting documents can be found here.
Responses to the consultation can be found here.
The Inspector has indicated there will be further public hearings in relation to the new site allocations later in 2020
Submission and Examination
Local Plan Part II and Proposed Changes were submitted for examination on 23rd January 2019.
Earlier stages to Submission
The Part II Pre submission plan was published for consultation in January 2018 . Responses can be found here: Settlement Issues and Responses
These include revisions to the draft plan (Proposed Changes) which were subject to consultation before examination hearings.
Responses to public consultation on proposed changes can be viewed here. These were examined with the Plan. In developing the Part II Plan, an Issues and Options consultation including village drop in sessions was held in Sept - December 2015.
The consultation documents can be found on the Issues and Options page.
Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Assessment (HRA)
Local Plan Parts I and II are subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Sustainability Appraisal (SA). This applies to Local Plan Part II and also forms an important part of the site selection process. The SA and HRA documents which accompanied the Pre-submission Plan can be found on the submission documents page. A SA scoping report was published at issues and options stage. The purpose of the HRA is to assess the impact of the draft plan on designated wildlife areas of European Importance.
Local Green Spaces
Local Green Spaces are intended to protect areas that are important to local communities or have special qualities. The Part II Plan identifies Local Green Spaces following a review of open spaces, identified as 'Areas of Local Significance' (OALS) policy in the adopted Local Plan. However, the Local Plan Part II Inspector has advised that more rigorous criteria should be applied to justify their qualities and importance or such sites are designated in neighbourhood plans. Further information can be found on the Local Green Spaces page.