Mendip launches review of planning guidance for house extensions

Mendip District CouncilMendip District Council has launched a review of its guidelines for homeowners planning to extend their property.

The council’s current House Extension Design Guide was created to help advise anyone considering extending their property about the sort of design ideas and features likely to be acceptable as part of a planning application.

The guide was adopted in 1993, and although many of the design principles are still relevant today, the council has taken the decision to review the guidelines to reflect modern building styles and designs, and the extent of work that householders can now undertake without planning permission.

As part of its review, the council is asking for comments on the current design guide and, in particular, the design principles which the council uses to judge planning applications for house extensions.

Councillor Nigel Woollcombe-Adams, portfolio holder Built Environment, said: “The council is committed to providing clear planning guidance to Mendip’s residents, to help them stand the best possible chance of getting planning permission to extend their property.

“This guidance was, however, published some time ago so we have taken the decision to review and update it.

“I hope people will take the time to help us with the review by commenting on the current guidance and letting us know where they think it could be amended.”

To take part in this review of current guidance, please visit or phone 0300 303 8588 to request a paper copy of the survey.

The deadline for comments is Friday 10th April. Officers and councillors will review feedback and then further consult on a new design guide as a Supplementary Planning Document.