Proposal for 40 House Development at Leigh on Mendip

This link is to your Parish Council submission to Mendip District Council commenting on the ‘Up to 40 houses application’. It was submitted late last Friday morning but has not been acknowledged or published yet. The Council was very grateful to the 66 people who attended our Open Meetings and we hope we have fairly represented the spread of opinion we received. It is not yet clear about the way ahead, there may be issues that arise from the comments that mean that the application can not be decided without further work by the developer so this page of the website will remain live until the application is determined and your Parish Council will endeavour to keep it updated as the application progresses. Whatever happens we will keep working to make sure your views are heard.

The Parish Council
Sun 25th Oct 2020

Links to help you comment
REFUSAL DECISION- Officer's Report  (26Apr2021)
Comments Submitted to Mendip District Council  (Public and Consultee)
MDC link
Planning Documents for the 40 House Development
Planning application details (Dates, Comments etc.) MDC link
How to View and Comment on Planning Applications MDC link
Five Year Housing Land Supply and NPPF Para 11  (note slides - 5, 6 & 38 to 44) MDC link

Other relevant local, recent planning applications:-
Awaiting Decision
Awaiting Decision
Approved at Planning Committee (subject to S106 agreements)
Refused at Planning Committee

National Planning Policy Framework  - see para 11 (The presumption in favour of sustainable development)
Mendip Local Plan Pt1 (2006-2029)
Mendip statement to confirm the availability and criteria for starter & affordable housing Clarification of starter and affordable homes
First Homes - Government Consultation OutcomeGOV.UK
Letter from Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership dated 12Oct20 (further to the previous letter of 28Aug20) Change to neutral/silent on this planning application
Presentation slides from Parish Council Open Meetings held 10, 11 and 13 Oct


Previous notices:-

Proposal for 40 House Development at Leigh on Mendip

The Leigh on Mendip Parish Council have just been notified that the developer for the land at the rear of Ivy Cottage is now moving forward with an application for outline planning permission for 40 dwellings. Of these, 8 starter homes and 2 units are for social rent/shared ownership as affordable housing; he has provided a plan of the site but no other supporting information; the plan and other information is available from the links below. The developer promised to hold a public consultation in the village for you to express your views and he has been reminded of this; the Council will continue to urge him to deliver this opportunity.

Should the developer walk away from a public consultation, there will be an opportunity to comment individually and directly to Mendip District Council when the planning application is posted. The Parish Council will also welcome your views when we discuss and decide our recommendation to Mendip District Council. Until then it is important that Councillors are impartial to avoid being seen to be predetermining their recommendation.

We will continue to provide any information made available to us in advance of the formal planning application being released.  

The Parish Council

24 July 2020


Update 2 Oct 20: An application has been validated and posted ref 2020/1877/OTS,  for Outline Planning Permission with some matters reserved for up to 40 dwellings with a school playing field and car park with details of access.  The Parish Council will provide further information on the village website about community engagement early next week.


Links to:-