15. Monitoring and review
The Council will implement a monitoring and review procedure to assess the effectiveness of the Unitary Development Plan and review the Plan within five years of its adoption.
15.1 The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (under the terms of which this Plan has been produced and adopted) obliges local planning authorities to keep under review matters which may affect the development of their area or the planning of its development. In addition, Strategic Guidance emphasises the importance of monitoring the changing pattern of economic development and activity in London. Monitoring will take particular account of the key indicators and targets relating to critical features on which the plan is based, as set out in Appendix L.
15.2 The Council recognises the importance of a monitoring system to assess the effectiveness of the Unitary Development Plan, and also its usefulness as an indicator of changing economic and social trends.
15.3 The Council, therefore, proposes to prepare an annual monitoring report to show how the situation is changing and also to measure the effectiveness of the decisions taken by the Council based on the UDP. The annual monitor will also identify policy areas, which, due to changing circumstances or Government guidance, will be subject to alteration at the first review.
15.4 The monitor will include a summary of planning decisions, appeals and departures from the Plan over the previous year. It will also refer to any Planning Briefs prepared and any consequential alterations to the Plan as a result. It will also set out summaries of any new Government guidance, which may lead to alteration at the next review, and also any recommendations made by Members to review policies in the Plan. In this way monitoring of the Plan can be used as a checklist for items for the next review of the Plan.
15.5 To complement the monitoring process and to maintain the relevance of the policies and proposals contained in the UDP, the Council will also prepare a full review of the plan within five years of adoption of the first review changes or as required by the latest legislation / Government Guidance. This will enable the Plan to adjust to the changing needs of the borough, the evolving context of the London Spatial Development Strategy (the London Plan) and the new hierarchy of plans and strategies.
The Council will contribute to the monitoring and review proposals put forward by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and South East England Regional Assembly (SEERA) to assess changes at the strategic level.
15.6 The Council will also continue to contribute to the monitoring systems of the GLA and SEERA, in order to monitor wider trends across London and the South East. The output of this exercise will provide a useful indicator of the effectiveness of the UDP's Part One policies.