Mendip District Council is publishing a draft Supplementary Planning Document on Design and Amenity of New Development, Guidance for Interpretation of Local Plan Policy DP7.
In February 2019 Mendip District Council declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency pledging to make best endeavours to enable the district to be carbon neutral by 2030. Energy efficiency in domestic and non-domestic buildings, decarbonising heating systems and renewable energy are all important to the move towards carbon neutrality.
Mendip Local Plan Part 1 includes Policy DP7; Design and Amenity of New Development. The policy makes clear that development should be well designed, creating developments that are useable, durable, adaptable, sustainable and attractive.
Mendip District Council is asking for views on the new Supplementary Planning Document which aims to help applicants demonstrate how their proposal meets the requirements of DP7, including the need to ensure that resource efficiency, sustainable construction and renewable energy have been included.
A Net Zero Carbon Toolkit providing further technical guidance has been endorsed by the Council alongside the SPD.
Comments on the SPD are invited and the consultation will run between Friday 14th January and Friday 11th February. Representations received outside this period may not be accepted.
The SPD is available on Mendip District Council’s website or available to view Mendip’s offices at Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5BT.
Following their consultation any representations received will be carefully considered by the Council and reported to Cabinet, before a decision is made on whether to adopt the SPD.
Should you have any queries or require any further information then please contact a member of the planning policy team by email or by telephone on 0300 303 8588.