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B / PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

CHAPTER - BOROUGH STRATEGY
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

S1/S2

Urban priority and opportunity sites

Take up of vacant and under used sites.

Number of opportunity sites which have come forward for redevelopment

S3

Urban area boundary

Distribution of development: permissions for development in the Area of Special Restraint refused/dismissed on appeal

S4

South West Bedford Strategic Corridor

Distribution of development

S5

Marston Vale

Agreed programme of environmental and other improvement works.

S6

SPAs

Distribution of development

S7

Rural Settlement hierarchy

Distribution of development

S8

Supplementary Planning Guidance

Volume of SPG produced and its successful use at appeal.

S9

Facilities in tandem with development

Nature and scale of facilities provided and contributions made in tandem with development

CHAPTER - NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

NE1

Sites of Special Scientific Interest

Numbers of SSSIs lost or adversely affected by planning decisions, or land area lost/gained.

NE2

Species protected by law

Losses of protected species through the granting of planning permissions.

NE3

Sites of Local Importance

Number of local nature reserves, county wildlife sites and regionally important geological or geomorphological sites adversely affected by planning decisions.

NE4

Trees/Hedges

Number of trees/hedges protected and new trees planted.

NE5

Tree Preservation Orders

Number of trees successfully protected by use of TPOs.

NE6

Woodland

Amount of woodland protected and new woodland created through new development.

NE7

Wildlife Corridors

Protection of wildlife corridors and enhancement achieved through new development.

NE8

Replacement provision

Amount of replacement provision secured to compensate for the loss of natural history sites.

NE9

Conservation management

Number of successful management agreements negotiated and level of protection secured as a result.

NE10

Contributions to nature conservation

Numbers of schemes with Bedford Borough Council participating.

NE11

Access to the countryside, interpretation facilities

Numbers of access schemes.

Numbers of additional interpretation facilities.

NE12

Landscaping in association with development

Numbers of structural landscaping schemes implemented.

NE13

Landscape management and protection

Numbers of schemes achieved.

NE14

Area of Great Landscape Value

Number of enhancement schemes agreed. Loss of landscape elements - hedges, ponds etc. in AGLV, change in visual character.

NE15

River Protection Area

Number of enhancement schemes agreed. Loss of environmental elements, change in visual character.

NE16

Flooding

Loss of flood plain area, cubic capacity, obstruction to flow. & loss of habitats

NE17

Open spaces

Area of open space, Numbers of open spaces.

Length of viable Wildlife Corridors gained, lost or broken by planning decisions.

NE18

Character of built areas

Numbers of open spaces/habitat gained or lost through planning decisions.

NE19

Wyboston Land Settlement Association

Loss of special character of Land Settlement Association area.

NE20

Landscape and environmental improvement

Gains in landscape structural planting, and environmental benefits.

NE21

Forest of Marston Vale

Progress towards meeting the aims of the Forest of Marston Vale project.

NE22

Bedford Linear Park

Improved access/biodiversity to the north of Bedford as a result of planning decisions

NE23

Bedford River Valley Park

Provision of woodland planting, water features, leisure facilities and public access in this area as result of planning decisions.

NE24

Protection and enhancement of water resources

Maintain/enhance quality and quantity of water resources. Number of schemes using sustainable drainage systems.

NE25

Pollution

Reduction in number of polluting uses allowed. Reducing conflict between polluting and other uses.

NE26

Agricultural land quality

Amount of Grades 1, 2 and 3a Agricultural Land lost.

NE27

Wildlife habitats -v- agricultural land

Loss of wildlife habitats on non agricultural land. Refer Policies SSSI, CWS, NRs other sites.

NE28

Land contamination

Reducing incidence of ground contamination. Number of contaminated sites ‘cleaned’.

NE29

Uncertain consequences of proposals

Number of approvals with adverse impact based on applications with inadequate or insufficient information.

CHAPTER - BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

BE1

Mixed Uses

Diversity of uses within Town Centre, District and Local Centres.

BE2

Mixed uses in Opportunity Sites

Mixture of uses and dwelling types granted planning permission on opportunity sites.

BE3

Uses and infrastructure to promote self-sustaining communities

Mixture of uses in residential areas and the provision of transport links for other than private vehicles, open space, community and leisure facilities.

BE4

Mixed uses in residential areas

Uses having an adverse impact on residential amenity and character and on traffic capacity

BE5

Area of Special Restraint

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal within ASR

BE6

Renewable Energy

The number of schemes implemented

BE7

Renewable energy - criteria

Successful integration of schemes into the environment

BE8

Energy Efficient layouts

Number of new developments which feature energy conservation principles in design, layout and landscaping.

BE9

Protecting the Character of the Conservation Areas

Number of applications refused for failing to protect character of conservation areas. Number of enhancement schemes.

BE10

Review of Conservation Areas

Number of areas reviewed and changes made.

BE11

Setting of Conservation Areas

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for failing to meet criteria set out in the policy.

BE12

Plans, drawings and cross sections

Quality of applications submitted in terms of information.

BE13

Demolition in Conservation Areas

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal involving demolition within Conservation Areas.

BE14

Premature Demolition

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for failing to submit redevelopment proposals/contract details.

BE15

Protecting views and open spaces

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for loss of views/open space.

BE16

New Adverts/Shopfronts in Conservation Areas

Number of improved shopfronts/signs following negotiation with applicants.

BE17

Retaining Listed Buildings

Number of Listed Buildings refused consent for demolition and repaired.

BE18

Demolition of Listed Buildings

Number of Listed Buildings saved from demolition.

BE19

Alterations to Listed Buildings

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal which would have an adverse impact on listed building.

BE20

Change of Use of Listed Buildings

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal the change of use of which would have a detrimental impact on the listed building.

BE21

Setting of Listed Buildings

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal which would have a detrimental impact on setting.

BE22

Recording of Listed Buildings

Frequency of use of condition requiring adequate recording.

BE23

Archaeology

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal with adverse impact on scheduled ancient monuments.

BE24

Archaeology

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for failing to take archaeology into account and the number of applications submitted with sufficient information on archaeology.

BE25

Archaeology

Number of applications submitting details of measures to protect archaeological remains.

BE26

Historic Parks and Gardens

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for adverse impact on Historic Park/Garden.

BE27

Barn Conversions

Number of barns satisfactorily converted.

BE28

New agricultural buildings

Number of new farm buildings complying with Design Guide.

BE29

High standard of design

a) Publication of Design Guidance

b) Design competitions

c) General quality of design.

BE30

Material considerations in the control of new development

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for failure to comply with criteria.

BE31

Statement of design principles

Statements presented

BE32

Development on the edge of urban areas and villages

Improved quality of peripheral development in terms of design and landscaping.

BE33

Gateways

Improved quality of development/landscaping at defined gateways.

BE34

Development adjoining main road and rail routes

Improved quality of development/landscaping along road and rail corridors.

BE34a

Protected views

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for loss of views and impact on setting.

BE35

Achieving Quality in Residential Layouts

Schemes conforming to requirements.

BE36

Space about buildings

Approvals that include the removal of permitted development rights

BE37

Overdevelopment

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for failure to meet criteria.

BE38

Landscaping

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for inadequate landscaping.

BE39

Landscaping

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for failure to submit adequate landscaping scheme.

BE40

Landscaping

Level of tree cover included in planning applications.

BE41

Control of Advertisements

Number of applications refused/dismissed on appeal for failure to comply with criteria.

BE42

Lighting

Number of development proposals where lighting has been taken into account and improvements made.

BE43

Public spaces

Number of new spaces created/existing spaces improved.

BE44

Public Art

Number of commissions arising from new development.

BE45

Community safety and crime prevention

Number of developments where security principles have been incorporated following negotiation.

BE46

Security Shutters

Number of applications refused/ dismissed on appeal for failure to meet criteria.

BE47

Overhead power lines and electro-magnetic fields

Number of applications which have been modified to reduce visual intrusion, nuisance and loss of amenity.

BE48

Accessible environments

Number of cases where access arrangements have been significantly improved/created to full appropriate standard.

BE49

Accessible environments

Number of cases where access arrangements have been significantly improved/created to full appropriate standard.

CHAPTER - HOUSING
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

H1

Provision of housing land

Progress towards providing 6,349 new dwellings.

H2-22

Housing Development Sites

Development of sites for housing in accordance with development principles

H23

Housing in Second Order Villages

Level of development on identified village sites

H24

Residential Development in SPA villages

Location and scale of development in SPAs.

H25

Important Open Spaces

Appeals allowed for developments on Important Open Spaces.

H26

Housing in the open countryside

Distribution of development in the countryside, appeals allowed contrary to policy.

H27

Agricultural workers' dwellings

Number of agricultural workers' dwellings permitted/ numbers of applications refused contrary to criteria.

H28

Replacement dwellings in the open countryside

Number of replacement dwellings permitted/ numbers of applications refused contrary to criteria.

H29

Extensions to dwellings in the open countryside

Appeals allowed contrary to the criteria of the policy.

H30

Local needs housing in rural areas

Number of dwellings provided for local need.

H31

The provision of affordable housing

Number of affordable houses provided. Progress towards housing need target.

H32

The mix and range of housing type and size

Number of developments achieving a mixed range of house types reflecting community need.

H34

Mobility housing

Number of houses provided to mobility standards.

H35

Gypsy Sites

Provision of Gypsy caravan sites in accordance with criteria.

H36

Winter quarters for travelling show people

Provision of sites for travelling show people in relation to need.

H37

Mobile Homes

Location of mobile home parks

H38

Changes to existing dwellings and the development of garden land

Number of permissions for sub-division, change to flats, special needs housing.

H39

Loss of Residential Stock

Appeals allowed

CHAPTER - EMPLOYMENT & TOURISM
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

E1

Provision of employment land

Progress towards meeting 85 ha. net target by 2006.

E2-5, E7

Site Development Principles

Development of sites for employment use.

E9

Coronation Brickworks

Progress towards the objectives of the development brief

E10

Elstow Brickworks

Progress towards the objectives of the development brief

E11

Thurleigh Airfield

Redevelopment of site in accordance with development brief.

E12

Loss of employment land

Amount of employment land lost to other uses without specific community and environmental benefits.

E13

Redevelopment of employment sites

Quality of redevelopment schemes.

E14

Working from home

Levels of provision for home working in new residential developments.

E15

Business uses in residential areas

Successful co-location of residential and business uses.

E16

Premises for small businesses

Number of affordable units/floorspace built.

E17

Business uses within SPAs

Distribution of business uses in the rural area. Percentage achieved within SPAs.

E18

Re-use of rural buildings

Number of change of use applications on existing rural buildings. Quality of re-use schemes.

E19

Loss of employment sites in the countryside/rural settlements

Number of rural employment units/sites/jobs lost or gained

E20

Intensification on existing employment sites

Retention of environmental quality where expansion permitted.

E21

Farm Diversification

Number of successful diversification schemes allowed.

E22

Equestrian Development

Number of equestrian developments allowed meeting the identified criteria to maintain environmental quality.

E23

Encouraging tourism

Number/quality of new tourist facilities developed and broadening of the range of attractions.

E24

Provision of signposting

Number and quality of additional signposts

E25

Tourist accommodation

Planning Permissions for tourist accommodation

E26

Touring Caravans

Number of touring caravan sites given permission in accordance with criteria.

E27

Static Caravans/Chalets

Appeals dismissed/allowed

CHAPTER - SHOPPING
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

SH1

Regional Shopping Centres

Resistance to regional shopping centres

SH2

Shopping development in the town centre

Change in quality and range of floorspace in the town centre.

Location of new floorspace in the compact core.

SH3

Primary shopping frontage

Change in numbers of A1 uses at ground floor level in primary shopping frontage.

SH4

Pilgrim Square

Preparation of revised brief and suitable planning application.

SH5

District Centre

Number of applications refused due to adverse effect on vitality and viability of Saxon Centre

SH6

Local centres

Provision of suitable convenience shopping facilities in established local centres.

SH7

New local shopping facilities

Provision of shopping facilities in new residential areas.

SH8

Change of use of local shops

Change in the percentage of retail units in the town centre, district and local centres.

SH9/10

Retention/provision of village facilities

Losses and gains in number of shops, post offices and public houses in the rural area

SH11

Farm Shops

Location of farm shops.

SH12

Comparison retail outside primary and district centre areas.

Number of permissions outside the primary shopping area and district centre

SH13

Comparison retail - type of goods and sub-division

Imposition of conditions to limit goods sold or subdivision of premises.

SH16

New convenience retail development

Number of permissions outside the primary shopping area and district centre.

SH17

New convenience retail development

Foodstores falling outside allocation sites

SH19

Restaurants and take-aways

Number of applications refused on grounds of disturbance or harm to environmental quality.

SH20

Amusement Centres

Location of amusement centres.

CHAPTER - BEDFORD TOWN CENTRE
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

TC1

Protecting Architectural and Historic features

Number of buildings protected from alteration/demolition and enhanced.

TC2

Grant Aid

Number of buildings repaired and enhanced using this resource

TC3

Environmental Improvements

Programme of Environmental Enhancements completed.

TC4

Shopfronts and advertisments

Number of improved shopfronts/adverts following negotiation with applicants.

TC5

Riverside enhancements

Number of redevelopment opportunities achieved. Number of environmental improvements achieved.

TC6

Secondary Shopping Frontages

Composition of uses within secondary shopping frontages.

TC7

Living Over The Shop (LOTS)

Number of residential units created above shops.

TC8

Town centre residential use

Gains/losses of residential units

TC9

Office use in Primary Shopping Area

Gains/losses of office floorspace/units

TC10

Town Centre Amenity

Extension of CCTV system

CHAPTER - TRANSPORT
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

T1

Strategic road network

New roads completed, distance, numbers.

T2

Local transportation network improvements

Roads completed, distance, numbers, phases.

T3

Strategic routes in the rural area

Higher placings of Local Plan roads in DoT Roads Review.

T4

Reducing highway impact

- Landscape schemes approved/implemented.

- TPO/Trees lost.

- Houses protected/unprotected by attenuation measures.

- New roads affecting relevant uses.

T5

Motorists’ facilities

Completion of works on site. Successful use of criteria on other applications.

T6

Public Transport Infrastructure

Infrastructure elements provided, elements agreed,

Numbers planning agreements.

T7

Developer contributions for public transport measures.

Schemes agreed/implemented.

Money contributed.

T8

Rail network

Frequency and quality of train services operating from Bedford.

T9

Rail Services

Change in Marston Vale Line service.

Electrification north of Bedford.

T10

Access to rail services and stations

Number of facilities implemented to improve access

T11

Rail Freight links

Number of links made by new development

T12

River boat services

Implementation and maintenance of long term service.

T13

Pedestrian routes

Number/length of new routes

Implementation of bridges.

T14

Cycle routes

Loss of cycle routes, provision of new cycle routes. Monitor crime on cycle routes.

T15

Parking

Provision of parking spaces as per standards.

Number/amount of commuted sums.

Provision of alternative to parking.

T17

Park & Ride facilities and town centre parking

Numbers, quality and size of sites, public transport priority schemes, busways associated with planning decisions

T18

Commercial vehicle park

Implementation of scheme.

T19

Coach Parking

Number of coach parking places & signs

T20

Safety and traffic calming

Number of schemes. Number of accidents.

T21

Accessibility for less mobile people

Provision in new planning approvals

CHAPTER - LEISURE & RECREATION
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

LR1

New sports and leisure facilities

Growth in range of leisure facilities available in the Borough

LR2

Adverse effects of development

Permissions gained outside of the policy criteria.

LR3

Golf

Number of golf courses in relation to ECSR/Sport England standard

LR4

Rowing course

Provision of rowing courses.

LR5

Radwell Lakes

Achievement of objectives of Management Plan

LR6

Arts venue

Provision of the venue

LR7

Use of River Great Ouse

Additional proposals for recreational use, implementation of Riverside Walk.

LR8

Riverside Close amentiy space

Provision of open space and car parking.

LR9

Moorings

Number of moorings created

LR10

Access to countryside

Gains and losses in footpath, bridleway and cycle networks

LR11

Noise generation

Number of noisy developments allowed adjacent to sensitive uses

LR12

Santa Pod Raceway

Impacts over agreed levels, implementation of the access to the primary road network.

LR13

Loss of leisure facilities

Number of changes in use of leisure sites.

LR14

Playing Fields and Allotments

Playing fields and allotments lost contrary to criteria.

LR15

Provision of outdoor playing space for sport

Progress towards 6 acre standard.

LR16

Provision of children’s play space

Progress towards 6 acre standard.

LR17

Provision of general amenity open space

Progress towards meeting Borough standard.

LR18

Recreation/Community Uses

Net loss of facilities.

LR19

Provision of new community facilities

Progress towards meeting deficiencies in community provision.

CHAPTER - UTILITIES & TELECOMS
Policy Number and Title
Policy Performance Indicator

U2

U3

Floodplain

Waste water management

Number and scale of planning permissions gained against advice of utility companies and other agencies.

U4

U5

Satellite dishes etc

Telecommunications equipment

Number of consents issued contrary to policy.

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