Annual Monitoring Report

Monitoring Framework

  1. It is important that targets are specific and grounded in reality and are not vague and aspirational. Indeed, targets should be "SMART" (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound). The AMR needs to consider process targets (progress in achieving the LDS programme), policy targets (thresholds for change to be achieved by policies over a specific period) and sustainability appraisal targets (measuring the contribution of policies to sustainability).
  2. Three types of indicator are relevant to the Local Plan
  • Core indicators – Following abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategy the requirement for measuring these 'Core Indicators' has ceased but there remain some indicators which central government requires all authorities to monitor. Some have also been carried forward as they are considered to remain relevant to Rotherham
  • Local indicators – the choice of these depends on local circumstances and issues. For the purposes of this Annual Monitoring Report the choice of local indicators in the tables has been governed by the current availability and quality of relevant data from established sources and in aligning with the Corporate Plan. Local indicators will be developed incrementally reflecting the evolving monitoring framework as new policies are prepared, practical experience is gained and as improved data capture and management systems are developed.
  • Significant effect indicators – informing the impact of policies on sustainability. The selection of indicators is closely linked to those having been developed for the Local Plans Sustainability Appraisal process as set out in the supporting Scoping Report.
  1. To reflect the adoption of the Core Strategy which incorporates work carried out on the development of the strategic policies designed to achieve the Plan's objectives, this AMR has grouped the indicators under seven broad themes of:
  • Delivering development in sustainable locations
  • Creating mixed and attractive places to live
  • Supporting a dynamic economy
  • Movement and accessibility
  • Managing the natural and historic environment
  • Creating safe and sustainable communities
  • Infrastructure
  1. Under each broad aim/heading indicators are further grouped by the particular policy area - in total 34 Core Strategy policies which support the 17 strategic objectives.