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.
Local Plan Part II - was submitted for examination on 23rd January including Proposed Changes as agreed at Full Council in December 2018. The Council are consulting on the Proposed Changes from 12th March - 24th April 2019. Details are on the Local Plan Part II page. Examination hearings will take place from 23rd July to 2nd August. Information on the examination process and submission can be found here.
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 mid-2019.
Norton St Phillip Neighbourhood Plan - Representations are invited on the Plan from 1st March 2019 to 12th April 2019 before it is submitted for examination. Further Information can be found here.
Housing Delivery Test - Mendip is delivering homes ahead of Local Plan requirements under 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. A schedule of the policies and documents which make up the Development Plan for Mendip can be found . 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.
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.
Please see our Development Monitoring page for 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 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.
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.
The lastest register (November 2018) can be found here.