Annual Monitoring Report

Introduction

  1. The Goverment's guidance about monitoring states "it is essential to see what is happening now, what might happen in the future and then to compare these trends against existing planning
    policies and targets to determine what needs to be done".Monitoring helps the council  understand the wider social,enviromental and economic issues affecting Rotherham and how these
    Influence change.Monitoring is an important part of the planning process and is crucial to the effectiveness of the Local Plan.
     
  2. The Local Plan will need to be continually reviewed and revised and successive annual monitoring reports,with there evolving monitoring mechanisms,will be the main way of assessing Local
    Plan performance and effects.Local Plans are required to promote sustainable developement with due regard to enviormental,economic,natural resources and social matters.Loval Plans are also
    about the spatial effects of developement andhow this can be harnssed by the plans and aspirations of the stake holders and communities.However,it should be recognised that it will take
    considerable time and resources to establish a proficient "sustainable spatial planning" monitoring framework.
     
  3. The seperate requirements to undertake Sustainability Appraisal of Local Developement Documents(itself incorporationg the requirements of the Strategic Enviromental Assesment Directive)
    also requires monitoring of the Local Plan's significant enviromental, social and economic effects.For the sake of effciency and and to maximise mutual benefits this monitoring should be
    undertaken together with Local Plan monitoring.
     
  4. This Annual Monitoring Report covers the 2021/22 financial year and the annual process of:
  • Reviewing progress in preparing Local Plan documents against their timetables published in the Local Developement Scheme.
  • Assessing the extent to which Local Plan policies are being implemented.
  • Looking at what action needs to be taken when policies are not being implemented.
  • Examining whether policies are having their intended effects, particularly in achieving sustainable development.
  • Identifying policies needing to be changed or replaced. Reporting the findings of Sustainability Appraisal Monitoring. Ensuring alignment with corporate priorities.