Evidence Base - Population and Housing Need

The Mendip Local Plan Part 1 draws on a range evidence which will be updated over time to support Local Plan Part II and future reviews.

This page contains links to key studies which underpin policies in the adopted Local Plan and progress on updated evidence. 

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) 2016

A SHMA study is being produced jointly with other Somerset Authorities which is due to be completed by Summer 2016.  This will update the Mendip Housing Needs Assessment (2012).

The study will identify:

  • The most appropriate  Housing Market Areas which cover Mendip
  • The extent of Housing need from 2014 to 2036 for general, specialist and affordable dwellings
  • Recommendations on size and type of dwellings in the Housing Market Area.

Icon for pdf Housing Market Area Study [8.25MB]

This is the first step in updating the SHMA and recommends that Mendip District can be considered a self contained housing market area.

Icon for pdf Mendip Housing Needs Assessment 2012 [4.58MB]

This remains the most recent assessment of future housing requirements and used to support adopted policy DP11 (Affordable Housing) and policy DP14 (Housing Mix).

Icon for pdf Affordable Housing Study 2012 [1.45MB]

This study provides supporting evidence to the Affordable Housing Policy DP11.

Icon for pdf Somerset Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) [4.15MB]

Councils across Somerset jointly commissioned this study to assess the need for residential and transit pitches for the travelling community in the county. The requirements are set out in adopted Development Policy 15. -Sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople.