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Chapter 10

Implementation, Monitoring and Review

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Introduction
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10.1 The Forest of Dean District Local Plan provides a positive and pro-active approach to managing development. In order for the policies and proposals contained within the Plan to be effective in providing a long term framework for development, they must be constantly monitored. Monitoring of policies will give an indication as to whether the Plan is achieving the aims and objectives of the District Council and highlight changing concerns and emerging issues throughout the Forest of Dean District. This process reflects Government Guidance (PPG 12 - Development Plans).

"Local planning authorities are required to keep under review the matters which may be expected to affect the development of their area or the planning of that area".
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10.2 A detailed framework outlining the key characteristics of policies and proposals contained within Part One of the Local Plan and implementation and monitoring indicators is set out within Local Plan Document 18 (LPD 18). This document will provide a basis for future monitoring reports published by the District Council.
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Implementation
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10.3 Policies and proposals within the Plan will be implemented through the administrative powers of the District Council in deciding planning applications. The Council receives approximately 1200 planning applications per annum. In processing these applications the Council is required to have regard to the provisions of the Plan and any other material considerations. The Forest of Dean District Local Plan is therefore pre-eminent in making decisions on planning applications. The policies of the Plan are supported by powers held by the District Council to request additional information, for example requirement for an environmental assessment where proposed development is considered likely to have a detrimental effect on the environment due to its size, nature or location. Material considerations including Government planning policy guidance and circulars and supplementary planning guidance adopted by the District Council will be considered alongside the Local Plan.
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10.4 In order to bring forward development proposals set out within the Plan detailed investment plans will need to be prepared. These plans can be prepared and implemented by both public and private agencies. The District Council is one of these agencies and will play an important role in Plan implementation through its role in co-ordinating, promoting and enabling the actions of other public and private bodies. During the Plan period it is likely that financial resources available to the public sector will continue to be restricted. The private sector will therefore be responsible for the majority of resources invested in the District over the Plan period. In view of this assumption the Plan sets out clear guidance on acceptable forms of development and principal standards required, including contributions to the cost of additional infrastructure, local services and facilities which become necessary as a direct consequence of development proposals.
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10.5 In processing planning applications the District Council will negotiate with applicants any changes which would limit any harmful impacts which the development may have upon the environment. This is reinforced by the use of planning conditions, obligations and agreements (Section 106 Agreements). Generally all planning permissions granted are done so subject to conditions which seek to enhance the quality of development and ameliorate any adverse effects which may result from development taking place. In addition the District Council may enter into an agreement or obligation with an applicant under Section 106 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991, with the purpose of restricting or regulating development or use of land.
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10.6 The District Council has adopted supplementary planning guidance on residential design and play area provision, further guidance has been prepared in regard to shop fronts, car parking and employment, housing and mixed use land allocations. The guidance is based upon the policies of the Plan and provides a greater level of detail than is provided within policy justification. All supplementary planning guidance adopted by the District Council will be reviewed on a regular basis.
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10.7 The Forest of Dean District Council Corporate Plan 1999 - 2004 sets outs the mission of the Council. This mission seeks to:

Work with the community and all organisations in the Forest of Dean to ensure that the area is revitalised and the quality of life improved.

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10.8 The District Council sets out to achieve this mission through the production of action plans which seek to develop a thriving economy, ensure a protected and sustainable environment and promote the social well being of the community. The strategies adopted by the District Council and strategies scheduled within the Corporate Plan period will contribute towards the implementation of Local Plan policies.
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Monitoring
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10.9 Monitoring plays an important role in assessing the effectiveness of the Plan and also in providing a sound basis for the next Plan Review. It will be necessary to keep under review all those issues likely to affect the development of the Forest of Dean District in order to ensure that the Plan remains relevant to the needs of the District and to assess the progress of implementation of Plan proposals and objectives.
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10.10 An environmental appraisal prepared by the District Council is one of a number of methods used to monitor the performance of the Plan. The Appraisal includes 21 environmental and socio-economic indicators against which all Plan policies have been appraised. This appraisal forms an integral part of the Local Plan Review process, all policy changes will be re-appraised using the criteria and indicators set out within the environmental appraisal.
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10.11 Monitoring methods which involve the collection of data and information will be used to monitor and review the Local Plan. The analysis of such data and information will highlight any changes to key features and identify factors contributing to change.
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10.12 The District Council will produce an annual monitoring report which outlines the progress of the Plan and assesses information gathered through the monitoring process, relating any changes to the stated objectives of the Plan.
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Alteration and Review
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10.13 An alteration to the Local Plan will be required where the monitoring process indicates that part or parts of the Plan have become out of date or are no longer appropriate. In these circumstances it may be necessary to review the Plan. Alternatively, if a major proposal comes forward which has not been anticipated by the Plan, an alteration may be necessary. Any proposed alteration to the Plan would be open to public consultation prior to any formal changes being adopted.
10.14 Under Part II of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, local planning authorities are required to keep all matters under review that are expected to affect the planning and development of their area. If at any stage there is an indication that circumstances have significantly changed and the Local Plan requires to be reconsidered then the District Council will undertake a complete review of the Plan. This would in effect mean preparing a new Local Plan with full public consultation on all aspects of the Plan. It is anticipated that a review of the Plan would be undertaken in any event approximately mid-way through the Plan period, within five years of the adoption.

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Forest of Dean District Local Plan Review, 1st Deposit Draft. July 2000


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