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12.1 Monitoring is an essential part of the development plan process. It enables local planning authorities to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan’s policies and proposals over time and in changing circumstances. It is an on-going process which is necessary to ensure that the Plan remains effective, up-to-date and responsive to the needs of the Borough. Although it has been an integral part of development planning for many years, monitoring and review has taken on a new significance since the publication of PPG3: “Housing” in March 2000 and the introduction of “Best Value”. This introduced the concept of a “plan, monitor and manage” approach to the allocation of housing sites.

12.2 In order to monitor the Local Plan, reliable information needs to be collected, collated and analysed on a regular basis. Some of this information will be specific to the Burnley District, such as the amount of housing development that has taken place in the Borough. Other data, such as that relating to economic trends, may be collected nationally.

12.3 The key focus of the monitoring process will be to assess the performance of the Local Plan in achieving its six Key Aims which are:

  • To secure urban and rural regeneration by promoting quality sustainable forms of development

  • To promote the growth and diversification of the local economy

  • Better quality housing and spaces

  • To protect and enhance the Borough’s key environmental assets

  • To help promote community cohesion

  • To improve the roles and functions of Burnley and Padiham town centres, locally and nationally.

12.4 For each of the Key Aims, a series of objectives and targets have been identified. These will provide the basis for measuring whether the Local Plan is achieving what it sets out to achieve, and for identifying where policies need to be strengthened, maintained, changed in some way or removed. Progress towards the implementation of the Plan can thus be assessed and form part of the decision-making process in relation to the need for, and scope of, a plan review.

12.5 The results of plan monitoring will be published in annual reports. These will provide statistical information, an analysis of the extent to which the Plan’s policies and proposals are being implemented and an examination of the implications of any changes in planning law or Government advice.


12.6 The effective monitoring of the Local Plan will provide the necessary information on which a decision to review can be taken. Evidence that policies or proposals have served no useful purpose may result in these being deleted from the Plan or any equivalent introduced by new legislation. The review will also offer the opportunity to re-assess existing site allocations where development has not yet been given planning permission. Account will need to be taken of any revised national policy guidance and this may result in the removal of less sustainable site allocations and their replacement with more sustainable ones. It may also be an appropriate time to consider whether alternative uses on particular sites may be more practicable.

12.7 PPS12: Local Development Frameworks specifies that plans should be as up-to-date as possible and should be reviewed regularly. The time and frequency of the review will be dependent upon a number of factors such as the issue of new or revised national policy guidance or new legislation. It is anticipated that local plans will be replaced with local development frameworks and that these will be reviewed on a more regular basis than would have been the case with the Local Plan.

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