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Community Grants

Community Grants are available and the Town Council budgets approximately £1,000 per annum for all such Grant Applications so please be aware that funds are restricted and demand is usually high. Prior to applying for a grant your should review the criteria requirement which sets out quite clearly the Principles and Priorities which are considered with each and every application. A further indication will be to view the listing of Previous Grants Awarded.

Grants are awarded to clubs, organisations and community groups that serve Shepton Mallet. The purpose of grants is to assist the Town Council to increase the opportunities for residents of the Town.

The Council operates two specific types of Community Grant Applications, one being a Minor Grant Application where the request is for below £100 with the form and detail being simplistic as we aim to make the process easy and as user friendly as possible. The second is a Major Grant Application which is used for all Community Grant Applications of over £100. The application form, detail and supporting information required is comprehensive and this type of application cannot be carried out online, although the Major Grant Application Form can be downloaded or your request can be made by email, the submission needs to be in hard copy format with all relevant supporting information attached. We do not accept online Major Grant Applications.

Once received your application will be acknowledged and considered at the next meeting of our Community Development Working Group which meets bi-monthly and then recommendations are put to the next meeting of the Town Council, so please be informed that our procedures may take up to three months for full consideration. You may be contacted by the Clerk of the Town Council to discuss your application should it be necessary.

Shepton’s Neighbourhood Plan; Your chance to influence how the town develops

The Town Council has committed to delivering a Neighbourhood Plan for the town.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a new way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work. It can be used to:

  • Develop a shared vision for our town
  • Choose where additional new homes*, shops, offices and other development should be built
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces
  • Influence what new buildings should look like
  • Your local knowledge, and your sense of what needs to be protected and what needs to change, can really make a difference. Everyone in the community will be given the opportunity to get involved – residents, community organisations, businesses, landowners and others.

    The final Plan has to be successful at a referendum, so it needs to be supported by the majority of people in the town and include what they want to see improved, developed or protected.

    The Town Council is funding the engagement and plan drafting part of the process; and has appointed Matt Day of Somerset Towns Forum to deliver this. Mendip District Council has the responsibility to deliver the formal consultation, referendum and independent examination that are needed.

    Though instigated by the Town Council, the Plan will not be a Town Council-led document. It will be a community-led document that has weight (influence) on planning issues and applications for the next 10-15 years.

    The Town Council will also use the evidence from the Neighbourhood Plan engagement phase as it’s priorities.

    A Neighbourhood Plan can;

  • Add detail to Local Plan policies – i.e. what new homes should look like, what type of housing is required, where new facilities should go, what changes of use should be allowed etc.
  • Call for more development than is set out in the Local Plan
  • A Neighbourhood Plan cannot;

  • Conflict with the strategic (major) policies in the Local Plan prepared by Mendip District Council
  • Be used to prevent development that is included in the Local Plan
  • We’ve done all this before with the Community Plan – what’s different?

    The Community Plan (‘At A Crossroads’, 2006) had a wider view than just planning, but Community Plans cannot formally be part of the planning system.

    Neighbourhood Plans are new, form part of the planning system but have a more limited scope – only relating to those issues that planning deals with. However, we will be using ‘At A Crossroads’ as a key reference, so the knowledge gained from that will not be lost.

    Can we use the Neighbourhood Plan to argue against housing proposals in the Local Plan?

    No – this is not allowed under the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations. However, it can be used to add detail to any proposals.

    You can get involved in the Neighbourhood Plan by;

  • Attending one of our events – these will be after Easter and well advertised.
  • Completing one of our feedback forms (soon to be added here).
  • Send an email to neighbourhoodplan@sheptonmallet.info
  • You can keep up to date with progress on the Plan on this website or on our Facebook page.

    We look forward to working with you to produce Shepton’s Neighbourhood Plan.

    Matt Day

    on behalf of the Project Team

    Shepton’s Neighbourhood Plan


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