13. Monitoring of the Plan

  1. Monitoring is an integral part of the Plan making process (PPG12 - Development Plans). Local Authorities are required to ensure that local plans remain relevant and responsive to changing circumstances. Monitoring changes in national guidance, development pressures and political priorities are important alongside quantitative surveys to assess whether targets have been met.
  2. The Plan is founded on a series of social, economic and environmental objectives reflecting the Council's long term vision for the District. In order to ensure that these objectives are being achieved it is important that an effective monitoring framework is set in place in order to measure the performance of the Plan.
  3. The Council does not consider it feasible or practical to seek to report on every single policy in the Plan. Instead it will address key aspects of the objectives which are at the heart of the plan's strategy. Many of these aspects are already being monitored and will continue to be monitored and have provided essential information used to prepare the Plan. These include:
    1. Housing land supply - monitoring statement published annually
    2. Employment land supply - monitoring statement published annually
    3. Shopping Frontages Survey - annually
    4. Housing Needs Assessment - biannually
    5. Village Facilities and Rural Transport Survey- completed 2001, reviewed periodically
    6. Urban Capacity – completed 2004, reviewed periodically
    7. Open space needs assessment, reviewed periodically
    8. District shopping study, reviewed periodically.
  4. Other monitoring initiatives which the District Council will undertake include :
    1. the amount of affordable housing provided annually through the planning process on both allocated and windfall sites in addition to exception sites;
    2. the amount and type of developer contributions received by way of planning obligations or other measures.
  5. The proposed monitoring framework and performance indicators provided below are presented having regard to the collection of existing monitoring information required in respect of the County Structure Plan, Regional Spatial Strategy, Community Strategy, national and local BVPI's and other strategies / plans such as the Malvern Hills Adopted AONB Management Plan.

Performance Indicators

  1. To measure whether the objectives are being achieved a series of indicators have been formulated. These have been formulated on the basis of what the Plan can reasonably achieve, what information is readily accessible and available and what provides a true reflection of the objectives to be achieved. The indicators do not represent a definitive list and may be subject to change as and when the needs arise, which would occur through the Annual Monitoring Report.
  2. The monitoring initiatives referred to above will be used to measure the performance of the Plan against the objectives of the Plan set out below :

Development Strategy objectives

Housing and employment land supply and phasing, measured against Structure Plan requirements. Supply of affordable housing as a percentage of overall housing supply. Number and % of new homes and employment committed on previously developed land / greenfield land.
The density achieved in new housing development.
Mix of sizes of housing (using bedroom numbers as an overall indicator).

Economic Prosperity objectives

% of vacant retail premises in the Town and District Centres.
Number of applications approved for non retail use in primary and secondary shopping frontages.
Number of applications permitted/refused for out-of-town retail development.
Number of diversification schemes supported.

Quality of Life objectives

The number of design statements submitted with planning applications.
Area of protected open space or greenspace lost to other forms of development.
Area of development allowed within an LNR, SSSI or SWS.
Number of developments resulting in the loss or destruction of a Scheduled Ancient Monument or Listed Building.
Number and type of renewable energy schemes supported/rejected.
Area of development allowed within floodplains.
Number of developments incorporating sustainable urban drainage systems.

Sustainable Transport objectives

Number and % of dwellings and employment committed within Malvern and sustainable rural locations.
Numbers of applications which extend / provide cycle routes.
Number of departures from car parking standards.

Community Needs objectives

Number of community facilities lost to other forms of development.
Number of new community facilities permitted.
% of applications with community infrastructure secured.

  1. Monitoring Reports
    The District Council will produce and publish an Annual Monitoring Report which will include all of the above indicators. An assessment will be made of the changes in these indicators during the plan period and the District Council will review the Plan’s policies and proposals where monitoring indicates that this is necessary.

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