Plan summary and News

Latest news regarding the Local Plan.

Local Plan Part I - You can view the online Local Plan Part 1 Map and Policies here: Online Local Plan Part 1 Map and Policies

Local Plan Part II - was submitted for examination on 23rd January 2019 including Proposed Changes as agreed at Full Council in December 2018. Examination hearings will take place from 23rd July to 2nd August.  

The submitted documents can be found here: Submission Documents. Details of the examination programme and documents can be found on the Examination page. The background to the plan and links to representations/ earlier stages can be found here: Local Plan Part II: Sites and Policies

Single Local Plan Review -  Initial scoping to revise Local Plan Part 1 has started, updating evidence and undertaking a review of the adopted plan against revised policies and housing requirements in the National Planning Policy Framework. The review will also link to long tern infrastructure and growth studies  as agreed at Cabinet in Feb 2019. The review and dates for consultation (a revised Local Development Scheme) will be published in later in 2019.

Norton St Phillip Neighbourhood Plan  - Consultation on the Plan has closed and documents passed to the examiner. Further Information can be found here.

Housing Delivery Test - Mendip is delivering homes ahead of Local Plan requirements under Housing Delivery Test: 2018 measurement.

Housing Delivery Test: 2018 measurement

Mendip Local Plan

The timetable for the production of policy documents (known as a Local Development Scheme) was updated and agreed on 9th January 2017 and can be found Icon for pdf here [495.46KB]. A schedule of the policies and documents which make up the Development Plan for Mendip can be found Icon for pdf here [216.94KB]. It also shows other guidance which may be a consideration in policy decisions and a list of parish plans, design statements and conservation appraisals by settlement.

Information on Supplementary Planning Documents can be view online.

Supplementary Planning Documents.

Local Plan Parts I & II

Local Plan Part I - Mendip has a recent adopted Local Plan (Dec 2014).  It covers the period 2006-2029 and sets out the Council's overall strategy and housing requirements for the district. It also contains development management policies used to assess planning applications.  The Council considers its housing policies as 'up-to-date' as it can demonstrate more than five year supply of deliverable housing sites. Scoping work on a review of the Part 1 Plan is scheduled for 2019.  

The Development Monitoring page contains more information on the five year supply.

Local Plan Part II - This plan identifies additional housing and employment sites to meet district needs in towns and villages, update settlement boundaries and review open space designations. Details of timetable, Pre-Submission Consultation and earlier stages can be found here.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

There are no CIL charges on development in Mendip. Financial contributions are sought via a legal (s106) agreement where required in line with national guidance and Local Plan policies. Proposals to commission viability work to assess the introduction of CIL were agreed by Cabinet in September 2016. Any decision to proceed with a draft charging schedule will not be made until later in 2019. 

Gypsy and Travellers

Local Plan Part I sets out a need for a significant number of additional pitches and contains policies for assessing individual applications. No consultations have yet taken place which identify suitable sites or locations.

Neighbourhood Planning 

Neighbourhood Plans for Frome and Rode have been adopted.  Details on other designated areas can be found in the Neighbourhood Plans section as well as the support we offer for Neighbourhood Planning.

Affordable Housing

The Council expect 30% of dwellings in schemes over 10 units to be 'affordable'.  In a change to adopted Local Plan Policy DP11 Affordable Housing, contributions will not be sought on proposals under 10 units. The mix and tenure of affordable units is negotiated on a case by case basis. The Council also actively support local affordable housing schemes under its Exception Sites policy. Further details can be found here.

Self and Custom build proposals

The Council maintain a register of Individuals and organisations interested in self or custom-build homes - further details are available here.

Brownfield Register

The latest register (November 2018) can be found here.