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. The Council is awaiting the Inspector's interim note which will include direction on main modifications. These will be subject to consultation in the Autumn.
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
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
The examiner has reported and the council is considering whether this plan can proceed to referendum. 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.
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 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.
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 latest register (November 2018) can be found here.