Somerset Council is undertaking a formal consultation to review and reconsider housing sites for at least 505 dwellings in the Mendip area following a High Court Order to make amendments to the Mendip Local Plan Part 2 (LPP2).

The consultation will run from today (28 February) until 12 April 2024 and the council is keen to hear from as many people as possible – residents, community groups, city, town and parish councils, landowners and promotors as well as developers and their agents.

As the Council is making changes to a development plan, proposed sites are subject to formal consultation before submission for public examination.

The consultation only makes proposals in the former Mendip District (Somerset East) area and is intended to:

  • Ensure that views of statutory consultees, communities and other stakeholders are captured and considered
  • Inform the final proposals for inclusion in the Local Plan Part II
  • Demonstrate that consultation has been undertaken to comply with the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement and to fulfil the legal requirements set out in planning and environmental legislation

To have your say, visit the Mendip Local Plan Part 2 Consultation webpage.

All consultation documents can be found via the Council’s Adopted Local Plans webpage.

Paper copies of the documents will also be available to view at the Shape Mendip offices in Shepton Mallet. Documents can also be viewed online from other Somerset Council Customer Access Points.

Given the limited scope of the update, briefings will be held online in March and April. Dates will be advertised via the Council’s Adopted Local Plans webpage and Planning Policy newsletter, Plan-it Somerset.

Social graphic featuring hands completing a questionnaire, captioned: 'Have your say on the Mendip Local Plan Part 2 Consultation'.

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March 4, 2024

Melissa Webb

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