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Meeting of the Executive held on 09/11/2006
CORE STRATEGY – MONITORING AND IMPLEMENTATION



Summary & Purpose
PPS12 Creating Local Development Frameworks states that the Core Strategy will set out the spatial vision, spatial objectives, policies and a monitoring and implementation framework for a local authority area. In view of the recent decisions by the Inquiry Inspector to reject Lichfield and Stafford Council’s Core Strategies, it is apparent to many other local authorities that further information needs to be incorporated into their Core Strategies to significantly strengthen the soundness and effectiveness of the documents.

The implementation and monitoring sections of the Waverley Draft Core Strategy as submitted, were drafted in a broad manner to reflect the broad approach adopted throughout the document. It is now apparent that this is not, by itself, specific enough in terms of targets or implementation methods to meet the rigorous tests of soundness.

A Monitoring and Implementation Chapter has therefore been devised which, after public consultation, will be incorporated into the Waverley Core Strategy once adopted.

APPENDIX J
Waverley Borough Council

EXECUTIVE - 9TH NOVEMBER 2006

Title:

CORE STRATEGY – MONITORING AND IMPLEMENTATION
[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and purpose:

PPS12 Creating Local Development Frameworks states that the Core Strategy will set out the spatial vision, spatial objectives, policies and a monitoring and implementation framework for a local authority area. In view of the recent decisions by the Inquiry Inspector to reject Lichfield and Stafford Council’s Core Strategies, it is apparent to many other local authorities that further information needs to be incorporated into their Core Strategies to significantly strengthen the soundness and effectiveness of the documents.

The implementation and monitoring sections of the Waverley Draft Core Strategy as submitted, were drafted in a broad manner to reflect the broad approach adopted throughout the document. It is now apparent that this is not, by itself, specific enough in terms of targets or implementation methods to meet the rigorous tests of soundness.

A Monitoring and Implementation Chapter has therefore been devised which, after public consultation, will be incorporated into the Waverley Core Strategy once adopted.

Environmental implications:

The monitoring of the effectiveness of Core Policies will have positive long-term environmental implications.

Social / community implications:

The monitoring of the effectiveness of Core Policies will have positive long term social/ community implications.

E-Government implications:

There would be no direct e-government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

There would be no resource or legal implications.

Introduction

1. PPS12 Creating Local Development Frameworks states that the Core Strategy will set out the broad spatial vision, spatial objectives, policies and a monitoring and implementation framework for a local authority area. This approach has been reinforced by a letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) dated 15th August 2006.
Monitoring

2. Review, monitoring and survey are crucial to the successful delivery of local development frameworks, as they will help authorities to develop comprehensive evidence bases for plan making. The Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004 require authorities to keep under review matters that may affect the planning and development of their areas. Monitoring enables authorities to assess the relative impact of policies and improve their understanding of their areas, particularly in terms of identifying drivers of change. Authorities are required to produce Annual Monitoring Reports to review actual progress in terms of local development document preparation and compare this against the targets and milestones in the local development scheme. The Annual Monitoring Report also assesses the effectiveness and implementation of core policies. As the draft Core Strategy has not yet been adopted, Waverley’s second Annual Monitoring Report is concerned with monitoring some of the key 2002 Local Plan policies. It will be submitted to Members at meetings in November and December.

3. As part of the monitoring system, it is necessary to adopt common targets and indicators, which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. These targets and indicators are used to monitor the actual progress and effectiveness of the adopted policies.

4. In line with existing regional monitoring, there should be an objectives-led approach to local development framework monitoring which:

ensures a clear link from objectives through to policies, implementation programmes and to output targets and related indicators;
focuses on key objectives rather than monitoring a wide range of indicators not directly relevant to policy performance;
is consistent with wider local authority monitoring work;
links to key targets and indicators already being monitored at the regional level;
allows transparency and accountability in terms of delivery; and
facilitates more informed policy and decision-making.

5. Lichfield District and Stafford Borough Councils Core Strategies were recently declared to be unsound by their Inquiry Inspectors. These decisions are sending signals around planning authorities and causing many to revise their timetables to accommodate the information which the Inspectors consider necessary, and which in some instances are due to the complexities of the new planning system. This information on monitoring and implementation is one such example of what is being asked for, and whilst Waverley’s Draft Core Strategy does contain broad information about how the core policies will be implemented and delivered, it is considered that this is not specific enough in terms of targets or implementation methods to meet the tests of soundness, as set out in PPS12.

Core Strategy

6. Therefore, a more detailed Monitoring and Implementation section has been produced, which eventually will be integrated into the Core Strategy when it is adopted. This contains the objectives of each policy, how it is to be implemented, relevant targets where possible, indicators (which may be Government prescribed Core Indicators, and or locally derived indicators more specific to Waverley), and seeks to identify relevant partners in implementation. The progress and effectiveness of the policies will be continuously monitored and reported in the Council’s Planning Annual Monitoring Report in December each year.

7. As this document will form part of the Core Strategy, it is necessary, in accordance with regulations and the adopted Statement of Community Involvement, to consult the public for a period of six weeks. If approved, this can be carried out before Christmas.

8. Once responses have been analysed and incorporated as necessary, it will be submitted as additional information to the Examination when it begins on 16th January 2007.

Conclusion

9. The incorporation of this section on Monitoring and Implementation will significantly strengthen the soundness of the Waverley Core Strategy, enabling the Council to show more clearly how it intends to implement the policies and monitor their effectiveness.

Recommendation

It is recommended that Members endorse the proposal that the Core Strategy – Monitoring and Implementation chapter be sent out to public consultation for a period of six weeks.

Background Papers (DoPD)

The Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004
Planning Policy Statement 12 Creating Local Development Frameworks.

CONTACT OFFICERS:

Name: Jennifer Falconer Telephone: 01483 523294
Name: Ian Rowland Telephone: 01483 523295
E-mail: jfalconer@waverley.gov.uk


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