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Planning Policy Consultations

Details of Planning Policy Consultations and Community Engagement.

Please view all the current consultations for Planning Policy.

Consultation on Supplementary Planning Document; Design and Amenity of New Development, Guidance For Interpretation of Local Plan Policy DP7

In February 2019 Mendip District Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency pledging to make best endeavours to enable the District to be carbon neutral by 2030.  Energy efficiency in domestic and non-domestic buildings, decarbonising heating systems and renewable energy are all important  to the move towards carbon neutrality. 

Mendip Local Plan Part 1 includes Policy DP7; Design and Amenity of New Development. The policy makes clear that development should be well designed, creating developments that are useable, durable, adaptable, sustainable and attractive.   

This SPD aims to help applicants demonstrate how their proposal meets the requirements of DP7, including the need to ensure that resource efficiency, sustainable construction and renewable energy have been included. 

The Net Zero Carbon Toolkit provides further technical guidance and should be read alongside the SPD.  It can be viewed here. Icon for pdf Net Zero Carbon Toolkit [6.56MB]

Comments are invited on the draft SPD between 14th January 2022 and 11th February 2022.   

The SPD can be viewed Icon for pdf DP7 SPD - Draft for Consultation [322.05KB]

A response form is available Icon for word DP7 SPD consultation response form [54.83KB]

The document can also be viewed in hard copy by visiting the Council Offices.  Hard copies of the response form can be collected from the Council Offices. (Unless Covid restrictions apply). 

For further information or advice, please contact the Planning Policy Team by email: or telephone: (0300) 303 8588. 

Shepton Masterplan to promote Town Centre Regeneration

Mendip District Council commissioned environmental and planning consultants LUC to develop a Masterplan for Shepton Mallet town centre. The Masterplan will form the basis for funding bids for future regeneration and environmental projects in the town.

The consultants have identified a range of issues and opportunities based on mapping many key features and characteristics in the town and initial discussions with Shepton Town Council.  LUC will be launching these opportunities online for consultation with residents during October. 

Consultation with the local community is taking place over the coming weeks both on-line through a Consultation Hub until 1st November, and in person at the Shepton Mallet Library on Friday 1st October 2021 (9.30am to to 5pm).  Please look out for opportunities to be involved and help shape the future for Shepton Mallet town centre.

The Council will be using the Masterplan to develop and support funding bids from the Government 'Levelling Up' fund.

The Levelling Up Fund which was announced at the 2020 Government Spending Review.  Bids to the fund are based on Parliamentary Constituencies and focus around three themes - smaller transport projects that make a genuine difference to local areas; town centre and high street regeneration; and support for maintaining and expanding cultural and heritage assets.  

The Online consultation Portal went live on 30th September 2021 on the link below:

Feedback on the Masterplan for Shepton Mallet

More details on the levelling up fund can be found here: HM Treasury Levelling Up Fund Prospectus

If you have any questions on the masterplan and the online portal, please contact the Planning Policy team by email at

Planning for the Future

Government proposals to reform the planning system in England were published in August 2020.

A response to the proposals and new planning legislation are is awaited.  

The consultation can be found here: Consultation: Planning for the Future and short term changes here: Changes to Current Planning System.  

A summary note on the reforms and presentation for Councillors and Parishes can be found here: 
Icon for pdf Planing Reform Briefing Note - September 2020 [410.02KB]
Icon for pdf White Paper - Presentation to Parish Forum [1.83MB]
Policy Team Video Presentation for Councillors and Members 
Policy Team Video - Parish Forum

Response to Planning White Paper "Planning for the Future" 

The response submitted from Mendip DC can be found  Icon for pdf here [426.98KB]

Icon for pdf Changes Paper DRAFT explanation and response - September 2020 [403.41KB] 
Icon for pdf Response of Mendip District Council, Changes to the Current Planning System August 2020 [345.96KB]
A government response on future housing numbers can be found here

Landscape Character Assessment

Responses to consultation on the draft assessment (ended Feb 2021)  and a finalised study will be published this Autumn.
A guide to the consultation website can be found Icon for pdf here [231.64KB]

Single Local Plan Review

The work programme, timeline and consultation programme  are under review. No immediate consultations on this document are planned or confirmed.

Local Plan Mailing List

The Council maintain a contact database for individuals and organisations. Please contact the planning policy team by email to be included on our consultation database.

Statement of Community Involvement - SCI

The SCI sets out Mendip District Council's policies on consultation and engagement in the preparation of  planning policy documents and
and planning applications. 

Icon for pdf Mendip District Council Statement of Community Involvement Draft for consultation – September 2020 [848.25KB]

The 2013 SCI can be found here: Icon for pdf Statement of Community Involvement 2013 [435.38KB].