Environment and Heritage Policies

Within the boundaries of Shepton Mallet Parish there is considerable rural countryside with many coppices and woodlands with footpaths, bridleways and by-ways. Together with the various landscapes and types of trees, hedgerows, ponds and wildlife that flourish in these areas they contribute to the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

All of this landscape is enclosed by the Mendip Hills which characterise the county of Somerset in which Shepton Mallet lies. The Neighbourhood Plan will seek to protect this natural environment of Shepton Mallet, including open spaces and ensure that natural resources are used prudently.

The aim will be to ensure that Shepton Mallet remains an attractive rural environmentally healthy and sustainable place. The policies within this Neighbourhood Plan are designed to conserve and enhance the local distinctiveness and sense of place that is key to the character of Shepton Mallet.