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15. IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING

 

OBJECTIVES:

  1. To deliver sustainable development and ensure that social and environmental benefits are achieved through proper use of planning obligations in regeneration and new development proposals
  2. To seek the effective implementation of the Plan by attracting the necessary resources
  3. To monitor and keep under review policies and proposals and to measure key performances including the indicators set out in Table 2.1

INTRODUCTION AND MONITORING

15.1 This chapter sets out the way in which the Council is seeking to implement the UDP and the intention to engage the local community, where appropriate, in planning issues. Through continuous monitoring, working in partnership, and the use of planning obligations, the UDP will be an effective tool in ensuring a viable local economy, sustainable environment, and healthy and diverse local communities.

STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS

15.2 Circular 05/2005 (Annex B) sets out the framework for applying planning obligation policies to development plans.

15.3 Through its National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal, the Government is seeking to tackle problems of social exclusion in local communities. Its recommendations follow four main themes: reviving local economies; reviving communities; ensuring decent services; and leadership and joint working. Any social and environmental benefits that can be achieved through the planning system will contribute positively to this strategy. In addition, the effective implementation of the policies set out in this plan and the achievement of appropriate planning obligations, will benefit the local community and local economy in ways not achievable through mainstream funding processes.

15.4 In addition, under the Local Government Act 2000, local authorities have a duty to prepare community strategies that promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Borough. Some of the issues covered by community strategies will have land use implications, and some may rely on planning obligations for successful implementation.

LOCAL CONSIDERATIONS

15.5 The key principles of the Community Plan and the Council’s, Performance Plan “Building a Better Bromley 2005/08”, are to improve the local community’s quality of life. This encompasses a broad spectrum of issues, from education to protection and enhancement of the environment, and sustaining commercial activity in the Borough. By working in partnership with other agencies, the Council wishes to ensure the best use of available resources to achieve local benefit.

15.6 This overall approach is supported by the Council’s Local Economy Portfolio Plan with its emphasis on business regeneration and growth and developing further education and employment opportunities. It seeks to maintain the viability of town centres and business areas and encourages improvements in adult educational achievements.

15.7 Many aspects of these strategies and programmes will have land use implications. The UDP has a role to provide a supporting framework for development decisions that contribute to these wider objectives, and provide the mechanism for achieving appropriate planning obligations.

PLANNING OBLIGATIONS

POLICY IMP1

The Council will, where appropriate, enter into legal agreements with developers, and seek the attainment of planning obligations, in accordance with Government guidance.

15.8 Planning advantages can be achieved through planning obligations and/or legal agreements relating to a specific grant of planning permission. Legal agreements can be used more closely to regulate the way land is developed or used than is possible through the normal development control process. Agreements should be made in accordance with Government guidance.

15.9 The provision of a planning obligation is not, in itself, a reason for granting permission. Nor will the absence of a planning obligation, in itself, constitute a reason for refusal.

15.10 Examples of planning obligations that could be sought include:

• provision of CCTV cameras with retail or leisure developments to address potential security problems
• contribution to public transport improvements to encourage access by means other than by car
• improvements to the public realm, particularly for pedestrians
• environmental improvements to improve the appearance of developments and their surroundings
• provision or improvement of community, health or leisure resources
• provision of public art to contribute to the quality of the visual environment and development of local identity
• contributions towards town centre management to assist with the need to promote the vitality and viability of town centres
• highway improvements to overcome problems of congestion caused by the development
• provision of affordable housing in accordance with the requirements of Policy H2
• contributions towards education, or local training provision to ensure that local people are in a position to compete for any new local employment opportunities that might arise as a result of new development.
• preparation and implementation of Green Travel Plans
• contributions to nature conservation activities

MONITORING OF THE PLAN

15.11 In order to assess the effectiveness of policies in the plan, the Council will monitor the policies, prepare a regular monitoring report and will bring forward alterations to policies and proposals, as necessary, in consultation with the public. It will present an analysis of relevant indicators that determine the effectiveness of the Plan, including changes in housing supply, land use and population changes. The Unitary Development Plan’s contribution to the wider quality of life objectives, as set out in the Community Plan and the Council’s Performance Plan “Building a Better Bromley 2005/08”, will also be monitored.

SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE

15.12 PPG12 suggests that local planning authorities (LPAs) consider the use of Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) as a means of setting out more detailed guidance on the way in which the policies in the plan will be applied in particular areas or circumstances. The Council will, where appropriate, prepare SPG for sites shown on the Proposals Map, for other sites which may come forward for development during the plan period, and for key aspects of detailed design and implementation. In accordance with the requirements of PPG12, SPG will be the subject of consultation with the local community and other interested bodies, and accorded the appropriate weight in determining planning applications.

15.13 Where appropriate, SPG (in the form of planning briefs) will be produced for proposal sites in the Borough, giving detailed guidance on the scale, layout and design of new development, and the Council’s intentions when seeking planning obligations (see Schedule of Proposal Sites). It will also be used to amplify other policies of the plan, particularly those relating to design. SPG will be published separately from the UDP; a list of current and intended future SPG is given in Appendix VIII.

PARTNERSHIP WORKING

15.14 The Council will work in partnership with businesses, statutory undertakers, and other organisations to achieve the objectives of the plan. The London Plan and RPG9 both advocate the role of partnership working in the planning process. A number of community and business partnerships, or working groups, have been created as a result of regeneration activities in the Borough, particularly in Crystal Palace and the Cray Valley. These will be used, as appropriate, to help achieve the plan’s land use planning objectives.

15.15 Some statutory undertakers can carry out development without the need for permission. In such instances, the Council would take an advocacy role, expecting such bodies to have regard to the UDP’s planning objectives, as well as respecting the environment and those directly affected by their works.

LAND ASSEMBLY

15.16 The Council will seek to encourage developers and landowners, through negotiation and agreement, to assemble development sites. It will, where necessary to achieve the objectives of the Plan and where resources are available, consider using its statutory powers for the purpose of land acquisition and assembly. Particular attention will be given to sites of strategic importance where the Council wishes to see development that contributes to the local economy, the provision of major community facilities and improving quality of life.

VACANT SITES

15.17 The Council will encourage, even if only on a temporary basis, appropriate beneficial use and management of vacant land and buildings, including sites with derelict buildings, sites in partial or temporary use, and sites no longer used by statutory undertakers; particularly where environmental advantages may result. Occupation of a site by the traveller community will only be acceptable where the proposal accords with the requirements of Policy H7. Development in areas of restraint (Green Belt etc) will have to comply with the relevant policies of the UDP.

See also: Policy H7, and Policy G1

 

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