Planning applications

 

Members of the WSC committee with planning experience meet regularly to consider planning applications which affect the City. These vary from small alterations to existing buildings to major new developments, as well as those affecting trees and the natural environment.

Comments and recommendations, when appropriate, are sent to the planning committees of the City and District Councils.

We are also working nationally for a better understanding of "Balancing Heritage and Housing Growth"

Planning applications can be seen on the Mendip District Council website: http://publicaccess.mendip.gov.uk/online-applications/

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Since it was agreed by Wells City Council to revive the Wells Neighbourhood Plan there has been an obvious delay in taking it forward. However, this can be seen as an opportunity to address some of the concerns raised by the consultation carried out previously and to make improvements to the pre-submission Plan of 2015 taking account of the climate change emergency and the higher levels of sustainability now expected, as well as other changes post-Covid 19.

With the new government guidance in response to the pandemic, particularly concerning transport management and high streets, the steering group we will be working with Mendip District Council (the planning authority) and Somerset County Council (the highways authority) to ensure that the future of Wells city centre will be as vibrant and welcoming as it always has been, but also safe, in the new situation we find ourselves in.

The new steering group has begun the process of revising the draft Plan of 2015 which the then city council decided not to take forward. The grant funding available from the government agency, Locality, has been successfully applied for, together with additional funding for a Design Guide and a Housing Needs Survey. These will add valuable substantiation to the Plan to manage future development. The consultant appointed by Locality to support the process has experience of several successful Plans and is already working with the steering group.

Current circumstances restrict the options for the first round of community consultation, but it is hoped that the revised draft will be available for initial comments by the autumn.

For further information contact the Chair of the Steering Group Cllr Adrian I’Anson at  adrianianson@yahoo.co.uk

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