Evidence Base - Landscape and Environment
The Mendip Local Plan is being developed from a range of evidence drawing in a range of information sources.
Within the published documents, web links to relevant studies and sources are provided to enable readers to understand the justification for certain statements and policy approaches.
The principle objective of the work was to examine the potential for the towns to accommodate residential development.
The assessment uses the principles of the Countryside Commission's landscape assessment methods to identify landscape character areas within the district. Eight principal character areas have been identified and are described in detail.
This report describes and classifies the landscape of the Mendip Hills.
This study gives an assessment of the landscape around the five towns in relation to their landscape character and development issues.
The Assessment of Special Landscape Features reviews the existing designated areas and considers new ones for inclusion.
The intention of this study is to give a picture of what open spaces exist within the district, what type of open space they are, their quality and relative accessibility. This information has been used in the production of the Open Space Technical Paper.
Bat Consultation Zone
The Bat Consultation Zone shows areas in which Horseshoe Bats are known to be and are likely to regularly use for commuting and/or foraging and night roosting. Horseshoe Bats are an internationally protected species and under the Habitats Regulations Mendip District Council is responsible for ensuring that populations and distribution of bats are maintained at a 'favourable conservation status'.
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
This provides an overview of flood risk within Mendip and provides general guidance to the Council about locations where flood risk is a potential issue.
This study outlines which important species and habitats have been prioritised in the district for protection and enhancement.
A Habitats Regulation Assessment is required for a plan or project which, either alone or in combination with other plans or projects, could have a significant effect on the integrity of an international site (one that forms part of the Natura 2000 network, plus Ramsar sites) and which is not directly connected with the management of the site.
Recommendations were made as part of these assessments and these recommendations have been incorporated into the policies within the Local Plan Part I: Strategy & Policies.
A specific assessment was carried out in July 2012 on the land to the West of Wells within Core Policy 10.