Section 2 - Publication Draft Colchester Borough Local Plan

Ended on the 11 August 2017
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17. Monitoring

17.1 The Local Plan will need to be monitored regularly in order to assess the effectiveness of policies and identify the need for review of any or all policies.  The following table of Targets and Monitoring Indicators lists the indicators that will be used to monitor delivery and progress on plan targets.  The Local Planning Authority will gather monitoring information together in its annual Authority Monitoring Report (AMR).  The AMR will measure progress on the implementation of policies and the delivery of new development and supporting infrastructure using appropriate targets and indicators.  The AMR will include an annual updated housing trajectory which will set out the net additional dwellings completed to date and the estimated future completions for the remainder of the plan period.

Table 1: Monitoring Targets and Indicators

Local Plan Objectives


Key Indicators in Authority Monitoring Report


Sustainable Growth Policies

Ensure new development is sustainable and minimises the use of scarce natural resources and addresses the causes and potential impacts of climate change, and encourages renewable energy.

Focus new development at sustainable locations to create new communities with distinctive identities whilst supporting existing communities, local businesses, and sustainable transport.

Provide high quality housing of all tenures at accessible locations to accommodate our growing community.

Ensure there are sufficient sites allocated in the right locations to support employment growth over the plan period.

Focus development at accessible locations which support public transport, walking and cycling, and reduce the need to travel.

Secure infrastructure to support new development.

Promotion of healthy lifestyles through the provision and enhancement of sport and recreation facilities, public open space and green infrastructure.

Allocate sufficient employment land in line with spatial strategy and evidence base.

Deliver new housing in line with spatial strategy and Objectively Assessed Need target of 920 units per annum.

Increase share of non-motorised transport.

Delivery of infrastructure schemes identified in the Local Plan.

Permissions granted for employment and leisure by type.

Housing completions per annum (net).

Monitor modal splits and self-containment via Census; take-up of Travel Plans

Key infrastructure projects delivered.


Climate Change Policy

Shape places and secure new development so as to minimise vulnerability and provide resilience to impacts arising from climate change, and to do so in ways consistent with cutting wider greenhouse gas emissions that are outside of the Council's own building services and operations.

The target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% from 2008 baseline data by 2020 applies to the Council's own buildings, services and operations.

New development to comply with building regulations requiring reductions in carbon emissions.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions reporting

Local Authority Carbon Management Plan


Environment Policies

Protection of the countryside and coast

Developing a green infrastructure network across the borough

Ensure new development avoids areas of flood risk and reduce future flood risk where possible.

Protection and enhancement of landscapes, biodiversity, green spaces, air and  water quality, and river corridors.

Minimise impact of new development in areas designated due to their environmental importance

Zero applications to be approved contrary to Environment Agency advice of flood risk/flood defence grounds.

All developments to incorporate water management schemes including Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs).

Zero percent loss of Local Wildlife Sites; ancient woodland; and priority habitats and species.

Manage visitor numbers at European Sites at levels that do not cause damage or affect site integrity.

No increase in number of Air quality management Districts (AQMDs)

Amount of development in designated areas.

Number of planning applications approved contrary to advice given by the EA

Number of major schemes incorporating water management schemes.

Number and area of sites/habitats within the Borough.

Record number of visitors to Natura 2000 sites.

Number of AQMDs.

Place Policies

Ensure the unique qualities of different communities and environments in the Borough are identified, protected and enhanced through policies and allocations which ensure high quality, consistency, equity and responsiveness to local character.

Promote high quality design and sustain Colchester's historic character, found in its buildings, townscape and archaeology.

Improve streetscapes, open spaces and green links to provide attractive and accessible spaces for residents to live, work and play.

Assist communities in the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans.

Zero percent of new developments to result in loss of Grade I and II* and scheduled monuments at risk.

New development to contribute to open space, green infrastructure and streetscape improvements.

Provide 30% of all housing on qualifying sites as affordable housing.

Number of Neighbourhood Plans adopted.

Number of listed buildings lost

Delivery of public open space, green infrastructure and streetscape improvements.

Percentage of affordable housing units provided on qualifying sites

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