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Chapter 16

MONITORING

16.1 It is important to establish whether the aims of the Local Plan are being achieved through the implementation of its policies, and what changes are taking place to the District's environment and economy which may influence the success of these policies.

16.2 Monitoring the Local Plan will provide information on whether policies need to be reviewed in order that they remain up to date and relevant. This is required by Planning Policy Guidance Note 1 - General Policies and Principles and Planning Policy Guidance Note 12 - Development Plans.

16.3 In order to assess whether the Plan is achieving what it sets out to do, the Council will monitor a range of indicators to assess whether:

  • the Plan's policy objectives are being achieved;

  • specific targets, eg. provision of land for new housing, are being met;

  • policies which seek to protect or enhance the District's environment are being successful.

16.4 The range of indicators which will be monitored is set out below in Table16.1.

16.5 Monitoring the indicators will be an on-going process and a report setting out the results will be prepared annually for consideration by the Council. Information on certain issues, eg. vacant industrial and commercial floorspace, will be published separately on a more frequent basis.

16.6 Monitoring the Plan will lead to its review, particularly to ensure that there is an adequate supply of land for housing.

16.7 In addition to the indicators that will be monitored, the Council will analyse appeal decisions, especially those referring to policies in the Local Plan. This will provide a useful indication of whether policies are being implemented appropriately.

TABLE 16.1

INDICATORS FOR MONITORING THE LOCAL PLAN'S OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES

 

LOCAL PLAN POLICY OBJECTIVE

LOCAL PLAN POLICIES

INDICATOR

FREQUENCY OF MONITORING INDICATOR

COMMENTS

Protect Green Belt from inappropriate development

ENV2

Nature and extent of inappropriate development

Half yearly

 

Protect areas of wildlife and ecological interest

 

 

 

ENV9-ENV16

 

 

 

1. Creation of new wildlife habitates as part of development schemes requiring planning permission.

Annually

 

2. Development on sites of ecological importance.

Annually

 

3. Woodland grant schemes.

Annually

Woodland grant schemes are administered by the Forestry Commission

4. River quality.

Annually

The Environment Agency's system of water quality assesment will be used to monitor changes in the conditions of rivers.

Make best use of land within built-up areas while safeguarding their character, appearance and amenity

ENV17-ENV27

Location and size of new housing developments

Annually

The nature of development will also be monitored e.g.

  • Infilling
  • Conversion
  • Redevelopment
  • Other

Protect and enhance the District's built heritage

 

 

 

 

ENV39- ENV51

 

 

 

 

1. Development in selected Conservation Areas.

Annually

Planning decisions assessed according to the criteria Areas of Policy ENV39 in selected and varied Conservation Areas.

2. Conservation Area consents

Annually

Assess all Conservation Area consent decisions according to their impact on local character and appearance.

3. Alterations and additions to Listed Buildings

Annually

Assess a sample of 25 Listed Building consents in accordance with the criteria in Policies ENV42 and ENV43 looking specifically to ensure: minimum loss of historic fabric, reversibility of modern alterations, recording, appropriate use of materials and building techniques.

4. Development within/adjacent to Registered Gardens

Annually

Assessment of planning decisions on the character and interest of any registered garden.

5. Development within/adjacent to a Scheduled Ancient Monument or County site of Archaeological Importance

Annually

Assessment of any damage done to an archaeological by development proposals.

Assist in the maintenance and renewal of the local economy and the vitality and viability of the District's town centres and local centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUD17

New farm diversification schemes.

Annually

Part of Surrey Farm Plan monitoring carried out by the Surrey County Council.

E1-E7

 

 

 

 

 

1. Loss of suitably located industrial/ commercial land to other uses.

Annually

 

2. Vacant industrial and commercial floorspace.

Quarterly

To include soft monitoring of local press and journals.

3. Outstanding planning permissions for commercial and industrial development.

Quarterly

 

4. Unemployment rates.

Monthly

Produced by Surrey County Council.

5. Firms occupying new premises.

Annually

To find out nature of firm's business the type and number of employees and the reasons for locating in Mole Valley.

6. Comments from representatives on Annually Mole Valley Business Forum.

Annually

 

S1-S5

Vacant retail floorspace

Quarterly

 

Ensure adequate provision of housing land to meet the requirements of the Surrey Structure Plan

HSG3

1. Dwelling completions

2. Outstanding planning permissions for new dwellings

Half yearly

To ensure sufficient housing land is available and to forecast likely future housing land supply from identified sites.

Encourage dwellings which contribute to meeting specific housing needs

 

 

HSG7

Number of dwellings for small households

Half yearly

 

HSG9

Number of affordable dwellings

  • low-cost market housing
  • subsidised housing
  • semi-detached and terraced family dwellings

Half yearly

To assess whether housing needs are being met.

HSG10

Number of new houses suitable for elderly persons

Half yearly

Population forecasts indicate a significant increase in the number of elderly persons in Mole Valley during

 

DTC8

LTC12

Property enhancement grants

Quarterly

The grant scheme is aimed to improve the appearance of commercial properties in town centres.

Reduce the demand to travel by car wherever possible

 

 

 

 

MOV1

 

 

1. Increase in length of cycleways.

Annually

 

MOV14

2. Public transport initiatives.

Annually

 

MOV15

3. Air quality.

Annually

The Council carries out continuous air quality monitoring.

 

4. Links on the classified road network exceeding operational capacity.

Annually

This will be monitored by Surrey County Council.

 

5. Company transport plans.

Annually

 

 



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