Planning Advisory Group

What is the role of the Planning Advisory Group (PAG)

The Planning Advisory Group is responsible for considering and making comments on applications received from Mendip District Council.

Once a consultation has been received from MDC, we have 21 days to respond, in some cases where necessary we will ask for an extension to the 21 days. To keep to the 21 day deadline, the Planning Advisory Group meets every three weeks. A list of the meeting dates can be found here. 5 days in advance of the meeting you will also be able to see which application are on the list for that meeting.

In advance of the meeting the Chair & Clerk of the PAG will consider which applications to discuss, these are usually applications that will have a wider impact than just the immediate neighbours e.g. the creation of a new convenience store.  However any member of the PAG or person at the meeting can request that any application is discussed.

Can I speak at the PAG?

Yes, anyone can either object to a planning application or support one and we welcome applicants and agents to come and talk about their applications. This does not necessarily mean that the PAG will support your views as they will consider the interests of the local community as a whole

What do the PAG consider when looking at applications?

We will look at the material considerations and also list ‘non-material’ concerns to ensure that the Planning Officer is aware of local issues, we also actively support applications that are of benefit to the community and those that demonstrate good design, quality and eco solutions.

What is a material consideration?

A material consideration is a matter that should be taken into account in deciding a planning application or on an appeal against a planning decision.

Material considerations can include (but are not limited to):

  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Parking
  • Highway safety
  • Traffic
  • Noise
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area
  • Layout and density of building
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Government policy
  • Disabled persons’ access
  • Proposals in the Development Plan
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
  • Nature conservation

However, issues such as loss of view, or negative effect on the value of properties are not material considerations.

The town council welcomes and encourages residents and developers talking to them prior to submitting a planning application. If you have any questions about planning, please come and talk to us. If we can help we will, if not we can point you in the right direction.