Housing development in Mendip District Council area has been thrown into question as the district council has confirmed a shortfall in the supply of new homes.

By law the council must have a five-year housing land supply plan - a statutory document that requires all local planning authorities to identify and update annually suitable sites to meet housing needs for the next five years.

Currently it has a target of 3,171 homes, but can only provide a deliverable supply of 2,408. Instead of a five-year plan this equates to just 3.8 years - a shortfall of 763 dwellings. This means the council is not on target to meet national requirements on housing delivery.

As a result the council’s planning policies on residential development are “out of date”.

Under the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework the council must give the go ahead to planning applications without delay unless the impact of doing so would be so harmful as to outweigh the benefits of doing so.

Therefore if you are a landowner in the Mendip area and would like to investigate whether your land would be suitable for residential development why not contact the planning and development experts at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

The multi-disciplinary partnership has a dedicated development land and planning department based in Taunton with chartered surveyors and town planners who deal with planning and development work throughout the South West of England.

They can provide you with all the necessary advice and expertise regarding your particular land. For further details please contact Mark Chugg MRICS or Russell Williams on (01823) 334466.