Plan summary and News

Latest news regarding the Local Plan.

Local Plan Part II

Part II identifies additional housing and employment sites to meet district needs in towns and villages, update settlement boundaries and review open space designations. This Plan was submitted for examination on 23rd January 2019 and public hearings took take place from 23rd July to 2nd August 2019.  An interim note with post hearing advice was published on 12th September (see Examination Page) and reported to cabinet on 7th October:  Icon for pdf Item 07 Local Plan Part 2 Examination Update [235.17KB]

The submitted Plan and Proposed Changes can be found here: Submission Documents.
Progress of the examination and documents can be found here:  Examination
The background to the plan and consultation responses can be found here: Local Plan Part II: Sites and Policies.

Local Plan Part I 

Online Local Plan Part 1 Map and Policies 

Local Plan Part 1 was adopted in 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. A copy of the plan and more information 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 term infrastructure and growth studies.  

List of  Development Plan documents/ Guidance

A schedule of documents which make up the Development Plan for Mendip can be found here [216.94KB].
It includes planning guidance and a list of parish plans, design statements and conservation appraisals.
Information on Supplementary Planning Documents can be viewed here  Supplementary Planning Documents.

Local Development Scheme

The last timetable for the production of policy documents (2017) can be found here [495.46KB]

Norton St Phillip Neighbourhood Plan  

Further Information can be found here.

Housing Delivery Test and Five Year Supply

The Development Monitoringpage contains more information on the five year supply.
Mendip is delivering homes ahead of Local Plan requirements under Housing Delivery Test: 2018 measurement.

Housing Delivery Test: 2018 measurement

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. The Council will consider CIL as part of its work on the Single Plan Review.

Gypsy and Travellers

Local Plan Part I sets out a need for a significant number of additional pitches in Mendip.
Policy DP15 is used to  assess individual applications for gypsy and traveller sites.
No consultations have yet taken place which identify suitable sites or locations.

Neighbourhood Planning 

Neighbourhood Plans for Frome and Rode have been adopted. 
Our Information Pack on support for Neighbourhood Planning has been updated.
The pack and details on designated areas can be found on the Neighbourhood Plans page.

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.