Wells Neighbourhood Plan

November 02 2019

MANY readers will recall consultations back in 2015/16 based on the Wells Neighbourhood Plan.

A copy of the draft Plan can be viewed by going to the home page of the Wells City Council website and clicking on “Draft Wells Neighbourhood Plan”. 

Regrettably, for a variety of reasons, the process of making the Plan “stalled” at the end of 2016 and no further work was carried out on it.

The purpose of the Wells Neighbourhood Plan is to link with the Mendip Local Plan which covers the whole area of Mendip and its five towns. The WNP is able to go into more detail than the Local Plan and to be more responsive to the needs of the people of Wells.

The Plan, as previously drawn up, had sections on Heritage, Housing, Travel, Retail, Tourism and the Natural Environment. Wells City Council have decided to resurrect the WNP and to consult the people of Wells again as to the future of the city. The process should, hopefully, be completed by the end of 2020.

Once the Plan is completed, it will be a “material consideration”, in plain words – a document which has to be taken into account by not only planning applicants/developers but also Mendip District Council, the body which determines such applications.

The city council is now looking for people in Wells who have not only enthusiasm for the Plan but also some experience of the planning system or public consultation and some spare time.

All those who are interested in becoming involved in this way in the future of Wells are asked to send an email to me, Cllr Adrian I’Anson, at a.ianson@wcc.wells.gov.uk or phone 01749 689231.

Adrian I’Anson