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9.1 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 Council 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.
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
Focus new development at sustainable locations to create
new communities with distinctive identities whilst
supporting existing communities, local businesses, and
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
Focus development at accessible locations which support
public transport, walking and cycling, and reduce the need
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.
Deliver new employment land in line with spatial
strategy and evidence base target of up to 55 ha business
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
Amount of floorspace development for employment and
leisure by type.
Housing completions per annum (net).
Monitor modal splits and self-containment via Census;
measure traffic levels on key routes; and take-up of
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 greenhouse gas emissions.
Reduce carbon emissions by 40% from 2008 baseline data
New development to comply with building regulations
requiring reductions in carbon emissions
Reduce emissions in Borough via measures in CBC
Environmental Sustainability Strategy.
Protection of the countryside and coast
Developing a green infrastructure network across the
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
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
Amount of development in designated areas.
Number of planning applications approved contrary to
advice given by the EA
Number of schemes incorporating water management
Number and area of sites/habitatswithin the Borough.
Number of visitors to Natura 2000 sites.
Number of AQMDs.
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
Promote high quality design and sustain Colchester's
historic character, found in its buildings, townscape and
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
Ensure a high quality of design in new development which
is compatible with local context and incorporates
sustainable development principles
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.
All development to comply with amenity space
Provide 20% of all housing as affordable housing.
All schemes to comply with adopted Parking Standards
Number of Neighbourhood Plans adopted.
Number of masterplans and development briefs approved as
Register of Building at Risk.
Delivery of public open space, green infrastructure and
Number of homes with provision of private/communal open
Percentage of affordable housing units provided
Number of schemes complying with adopted Parking