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12. Monitoring and Implementation

Implementation

12.1 In implementing the Revised LDP, the Council will continue to work collaboratively with internal and external partners, organisations and the private sector to implement the vast majority of new development proposals, including employment and housing schemes. The monitoring framework notes the bodies and agencies that are likely to contribute towards delivering specific aspects of the Plan.

12.2 In order to deliver new development the existence of appropriate infrastructure including water supply, sewerage, land drainage, gas, electricity and telecommunications is vital to ensuring the delivery of the Plan's policies and proposals. In some cases, where new or improved infrastructure is required to accommodate new development, this can be provided through scheduled works undertaken by utility companies. Where infrastructure improvements are required to cater for new development but are not programmed to take place within the development's timescale, the prospective developers will need to provide or requisition the infrastructure required to allow development to go ahead.

12.3 The Council will continue to work with DCWW and NRW to ensure that new developments do not place significant pressure on existing infrastructure and do not significantly affect environmental quality. The Council will work in partnership with these agencies and other service providers, utility companies and the private sector, to secure the required infrastructure provision at the optimal time for moving towards achieving the Plan's objectives. This will secure appropriate measures to mitigate the significant adverse effects which new development would have upon the natural environment. SPG and Development Briefs will where necessary provide more detailed information on infrastructure requirements and on working collaboratively to ensure delivery.

12.4 The ability of the private sector, and the public sector to some extent to deliver new development and associated infrastructure improvements, will be heavily influenced by external economic circumstances. For this reason, the rate of development over the plan period is likely to vary.

12.5 The Council will also work closely with Local Authorities across the region to ensure alignment between this LDP and their Strategies and in developing regional strategic arrangements, and in order to ascertain and minimise the likely in-combination effects of this Plan's proposals.

12.6 The following takes the strategic policies set out within this Revised LDP and sets out the mechanisms for their implementation. It outlines the partners and agencies, both internal and external, which will contribute towards their implementation, and where appropriate will outline the tools which will be used, such as SPG and Development Briefs etc.

12.7 The implementation of this Plan will be continually monitored and where appropriate additional mechanisms will be considered to ensure that the best processes are in place, and that the appropriate information is used to inform and guide its implementation.

Monitoring

12.8 This section outlines a monitoring framework which will be used as a tool for measuring the implementation of Revised LDP's policies and proposals. The framework comprises a series of core and local performance indicators intended to monitor the effects and success of the LDP's policies.

12.9 The information gathered through the monitoring framework will be presented in the Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) which is required to cover the preceding financial year and submitted to the WG by 31st October each year following adoption of the LDP. The AMR is the main mechanism for measuring the implementation and the success of the Plan's policies and will report on issues which impact upon the Plan's objectives. The AMR will also analyse the effectiveness and continued relevance of the Plan's policies in the light of national policy and circumstantial changes. The findings of the AMR could result in amendments to policies in order to improve their effectiveness and in more extreme cases could result in a review of part or of the whole Plan. The report will set out the outcomes of the monitoring framework and the data gathered will, where required, provide a contextual narrative in relation to each finding.

12.10 Irrespective of the AMR's findings the Council will be required to carry out a review of the whole Plan every 4 years. This could result in the production of a replacement/revised Plan or in the alterations of aspects of the Plan.

12.11 LDP Regulations prescribe two core indicators which must be included in the AMR:

  • The housing land supply taken from the current Housing Land Availability Study;
  • The number of net additional affordable and general market dwellings built in the LPA's area.

12.12 These two indicators and other core indicators which are required by WG are identified as such in the monitoring framework. Contextual indicators will also be used in the AMR to evaluate if it is actually the Plan which is not achieving the targets or if there are external factors (such as the economy or changes in funding sources etc.) which are outside of the planning system's control which influence the outcomes of the framework.

12.13 The following options are available to the Council in association with each of the indicators and their triggers. The AMR will assess the severity of the situation associated with each indicator and recommend an appropriate response.

Table 12: Monitoring Outcomes

Continue Monitoring (Green)

Where indicators are suggesting that LDP policies are being implemented effectively and there is no cause for a review.

Officer / Member Training Required (Blue)

Where indicators associated with planning applications suggest that policies are not being implemented as they were intended and further officer or Member training is required.

Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) / Development Briefs Required (Purple)

Whilst the Council will be preparing SPG and Development Briefs throughout the Plan period, indicators may suggest that further guidance should be provided to developers on how a policy should be properly interpreted. Additionally, should sites not be coming forward as envisaged, the Council will actively engage with developers / landowners to bring forward Development Briefs on key sites to help commence the development process.

Policy Research / Investigation (Yellow)

Where monitoring indicators suggest the LDP policies are not being as effective as intended, further research and investigation, including the use of contextual indictors (as outlined above) and comparisons with other local authorities and national statistics where appropriate will be undertaken to inform any decision to formally review the policy.

Review Policy (Orange)

Where monitoring indicators suggest that amendments to the LDP would be beneficial, the Council will consider modifying the Plan as appropriate. This may result in a review of Plan policies.

Plan Review (Red)

Where the monitoring indicators suggest the Plan and its strategy is not being implemented. An investigation into the reasons behind it not being implemented may result in a formal review of the Plan.



LDP and SA Objectives

Policy

Indicator Ref:

Monitoring Indicator

Target

Trigger

Implementation

Source

Strategic Policy - SP1: Strategic Growth

SO3, SO10

SA1, SA10, SA15

SP1

SP3

HOM1 HOM2 HOM3

Indicator Required by Legislation:

Number of net additional open market dwellings and affordable homes built in the Plan area.

To deliver 8,835 dwellings in total during the Plan period - based on an annual completion rate of 589 units and 100 affordable units per year.

Delivery of below the Plan's annual build rate / target for at least two consecutive years.

Local Planning Authority

Developers

Infrastructure Providers

Local Housing Authority

JHLAS

SO3, SO12

SA10, SA14

SP1

Local Indicator:

Job creation.

Monitored for information purposes.

No target.

No trigger.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Developers/ Employers

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO1, SO2, SO3, SO13

SA1, SA2, SA12, SA14

SP1

SG3

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on The Pembrey Peninsula.

Adopt SPG by December 2022.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 2: Retail and Town Centres

SO4

SA1, SA6, SA14

SP2

Vacant Retail Units of commercial properties

Vacancy rates of commercial properties within defined town centre boundary.

Vacancy levels increase

Businesses

Carmarthenshire County Council

Retail and Town Centre Audit

Strategic Policy – SP 3: A Sustainable Approach to Providing New Homes

SO10

SA1, SA10, SA15

SP1

SP3

Indicator required by Legislation:

The housing

land supply, taken from current

JHLAS measured in years' supply.

Housing Land Supply of 5 or more years.

The housing land supply falls below 5 years as determined through the annual JHLAS.

Local Planning Authority

JHLAS*

SO10

SA10, SA15

SP1

SP3

HOM1

Key Indicator:

The level of housing completions (private and affordable) monitored against the housing requirement.

Annual completions as per the housing trajectory.

Annual completion levels falling below the levels set out in the housing trajectory for at least two consecutive years.

Local Planning Authority

Local Housing Authority

Developers

JHLAS*

SO6, SO10

SA10, SA15

SP3

HOM1

Local Indicator:

Number of dwellings delivered on Housing Allocations.

To deliver 6,986 dwellings on allocated sites.

The overall number of new housing units built on allocated sites which fall below the annual requirement for 2 consecutive years.

Local Planning Authority

Local Housing Authority

Developers

JHLAS*

SO6, SO10

SA10, SA15

SP3

HOM2

Local Indicator:

Small Sites (less than 5 units) Allowance – Number of dwellings delivered in tiers 1 - 3.

Monitored for information

20% +/- 88.5 dwellings permitted annually on small sites in tiers 1 - 3.

Local Planning Authority

Local Housing Authority

Developers

JHLAS*

SO10

SA10, SA15

SP3

Local Indicator:

Windfall Allowance – number of dwellings delivered on windfall sites (excluding small sites allowance).

Monitored for information

20% +/- 89.5 dwellings permitted annually on windfall sites (+5 no.).

Local Planning Authority

Local Housing Authority

Developers

JHLAS*

SO10

SA1, SA10, SA11, SA15

SP3

HOM3

Local Indicator:

Net increase in number of new homes in Rural Villages (tier 4).

The number of open market homes within each Rural Village should not exceed the 20% cap above the number of existing homes in the settlement, as at the LDP base date.

The net increase of open market homes within a Rural Village exceeds the 20% cap above the number of existing homes in the settlement, as at the LDP base date.

Local Planning Authority

JHLAS*

Carmarthenshire County Council Planning Applications Register

SO10

SA1, SA10, SA11, SA15

SP3

HOM3

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Homes in Rural Villages

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 4: Affordable Homes Strategy

SO10

SA6, SA10, SA12, SA15

SP4

HOM4 AHOM1 AHOM2

Key Indicator:

The level of affordable homes completions.

To deliver 1,500 affordable homes in total by 2033.

Delivery falls below the Plan's annual build rate / target for at least two consecutive years

Local Planning Authority

Local Housing Authority

Developers

Infrastructure Providers

JHLAS*

SO10

SA6, SA10, SA12, SA15

SP4

HOM4 AHOM1 AHOM2

Key Indicator:

Tenure of affordable housing completions.

Tenure split (social rented and intermediate) in line with need identified in the LHMA.

Non delivery of the identified tenure split over at least 2 consecutive years.

Local Planning Authority

Local Housing Authority

Developers

Carmarthenshire County Council

JHLAS*

SO10

SA6, SA10, SA12, SA15

SP4

AHOM1 AHOM2

Key Indicator:

Trends in key determinants of market conditions and viability such as, house prices, land values, build costs.

Viability reflective of the prevalent economic circumstances.

Should average house prices increase or decrease by 5% above the base levels sustained over 1 year.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Council Valuers

SO10

SA6, SA10, SA12, SA15

SP4

AHOM1 AHOM2

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Affordable Housing.

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council.

Strategic Policy – SP 5: Strategic Sites

SO3, SO12

SA12, SA13, SA14

SP3

SP5

SP6

Key Indicator:

Life Science and Well-being Village – Delivery of housing element of the site.

Delivery of the non-residential component of the site.

Annual completions as per the housing trajectory.

Granting of permission for the non-housing component site during the Plan period

Annual completion levels falling below the levels set out in the housing trajectory.

Permission for the non-residential component not secured prior to the first review of the Plan.

Carmarthenshire County Council

City Deal

Developers

JHLAS*

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO3, SO12

SA11, SA12, SA13, SA14

SP5

SP6

Key Indicator:

Delivery of Yr Egin development.

Granting of permission for the site during the Plan period.

Permission not secured prior to the first review of the Plan.

Carmarthenshire County Council

City Deal

Developers

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 6: Employment and the Economy

SO3, SO12

SA10, SA14

SP1

SP5

SP6

SG1

Key Indicator:

Take up of employment allocations.

Employment land permitted (Ha) on allocated employment sites.

No permissions on employment land allocations for at least two consecutive years

Carmarthenshire County Council

Developers

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO3, SO12

SA10, SA14

EME1

Local Indicator:

Employment land lost to other land uses (includes identified existing and/or proposed employment sites)

No loss to other uses unless it can be justified through LDP policy.

Permission granted for non-employment uses not in accordance with LDP policy

Carmarthenshire County Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO3, SO12

SA14

EME4

Local Indicator:

Planning permissions for employment uses outside of identified existing or proposed employment sites where they are contrary to the provisions of Policy EME4

Ensure that employment uses outside of proposed and/or identified existing employment sites are in accordance with Policy EME4

Planning permission for employment uses on land outside of proposed and/or identified existing employment sites where they are contrary to Policy EME4

Carmarthenshire County Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 7: Welsh Language and Culture

SO11

SA1, SA11

SP7

WL1

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Welsh Language and New Developments.

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO11

SA11

SP7

WL1

Local Indicator:

Planning applications supported by Welsh Language Action Plans or Welsh Language Impact Assessments

Planning Applications to be supported by relevant documentation in accordance with Policy WL1

Planning applications not supported by relevant documentation in accordance with Policy WL1

Carmarthenshire County Council

Carmarthenshire County Council Planning Applications Register

SO11

SA11

SP7

WL1

Local Indicator:

Welsh speaking % in the County

Increase the proportion of Welsh speakers in the County

No trigger. Monitoring for contextual information.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Census

Office of National Statistics

Welsh Government Data

Strategic Policy – SP 8: Infrastructure

SO1, SO14

SA1, SA2, SA5

SP8

INF4

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on The Burry Inlet.

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO14

SP7

INF1

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Planning Obligations.

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO2, SO14

SA1, SA12

SP7

INF2

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Health Impact Assessments.

Adopt SPG by Summer 2022.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 9: Gypsy and Traveller Provision

SO10

SA10, SA15

SP9

GTP1

Key Indicator:

Gypsy and Traveller sites / pitches built on allocated sites.

To provide the required pitches Identified within the GTAA to be met in accordance with identified need.

No planning permission secured on an allocated site.

Local Housing Authority

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO10

SA10, SA15

SP9

GTP1

Local Indicator:

Gypsy and Traveller sites / pitches built on unallocated sites

No target

The granting of any planning permission and/or traveller site.

N/A

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO10

SA10, SA15

SP9

GTP1

Local Indicator:

The need for Gypsy and Traveller transit sites

No unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller site recorded in one settlement for 3 consecutive years

1 unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller site recorded in one settlement for 3 consecutive years

Carmarthenshire County Council

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 10: The Visitor Economy

SO13

SA1, SA14

SP10

VE1

VE2

VE3

VE4

Local Indicator:

Total economic impact of tourism in Carmarthenshire

No target

No trigger. Monitoring for contextual information

Carmarthenshire County Council.

Partner organisations and the tourism industry

STEAM Report prepared by GTS UK (Carmarthenshire CC Marketing and Media Annual Report)

Strategic Policy – SP 11: Placemaking and Sustainable Places

SO9

SA1, SA8, SA9, SA12, SA15

SP11

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Placemaking and Sustainable Places

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set

Carmarthenshire County Council.

SO9, SO11

SA1, SA11

SP11

PSD9

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on advertisements (guidance on bi lingual requirements)

Adopt SPG by Summer 2022

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO2, SO9

SA1, SA12, SA15

SP11

PSD8

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Provision of New Open Space.

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO1, SO2, SO7, SO9

SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4, SA5, SA6, SA8, SA9, SA12, SA15

SP11

PSD3 PSD4

Local Indicator:

The provision of Green Infrastructure in the County.

No target

No trigger. Monitor for information purposes.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO2, SO4

SA1, SA9, SA12, SA15

SP11

PSD7

Local Indicator:

The amount of identified open space lost to development.

No identified open space should be lost to development except where in accordance with Policy PSD7

Identified open space is lost contrary to the provisions of Policy PSD7

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 12: Rural Development

SO5

SA1, SA8

SP12

RD4

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Conversion and reuse of rural buildings for residential use

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 13: Maintaining and Enhancing the Natural Environment

SO1, SO9

SA1, SA2

SP13

NE4

Local Indicator:

Continue to work towards securing a minimum of 100 ha of suitable habitat for the Marsh Fritillary Butterfly within the Caeau Mynydd Mawr SPG project

Increase in every AMR period in the area of managed habitat in suitable condition

Decline in the area of managed habitat in suitable condition for 4 consecutive AMR periods.

Carmarthenshire County Council.

Caeau Mynydd Mawr Project Steering Group.

Carmarthenshire County Council – Performance Improvement Management System (PIMS).

SO1, SO9

SA1, SA2

SP13

NE4

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Caeau Mynydd Mawr.

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO1, SO9

SA1, SA2, SA9

SP13

PSD4

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Trees and planting as part of new developments

Adopt SPG by December 2022.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO1, SO9

SA1, SA2

SP13

NE1

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation Value (SINCs).

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO1, SO9

SA1, SA2

SP13

NE2

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity.

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO1, SO9

SA1, SA2

SP13

BHE2

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Landscape Character.

Adopt SPG by December 2022.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 14: Protection and Enhancement of the Built and Historic Environment

SO5

SA1, SA8

SP14

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Archaeology.

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO5

SA1, SA8

SP14

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on the Built and Historic Environment.

Adopt SPG concurrently with the Plan

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

Strategic Policy – SP 15: Climate Change

SO7

SA1, SA4

SP15

CCH1

Local Indicator:

Production of SPG on Renewable Energy.

Adopt SPG by December 2022.

Failure to progress in accordance with the timetable set.

Carmarthenshire County Council

SO7

SA1, SA4

SP15

CCH1

Local Indicator:

To increase the amount of energy and heat produced in the County from renewable sources

Annual increase in the permitted capacity of renewable energy and heat permitted.

No planning applications permitted for renewable energy in one year.

Carmarthenshire County Council

CCC

Strategic Policy – SP 16: Sustainable Distribution – Settlement Framework

SO6, SO10

SA1, SA10

SP3

SP16

Key Indicator:

Proportion of housing permitted on allocations per tier of the settlement hierarchy

The distribution of dwellings to be in accordance with the proportions specified in the target

Deviation of +/- 10% from the expected distribution of allocations within the tiers for at least two consecutive years

Local Planning Authority

Local Housing Authority

Developers

JHLAS

Strategic Policy – SP 17: Transport and Accessibility

SO8

SA6

TRA1

Local Indicator: Progress toward the implementation of identified road scheme

Implementation in accordance with the delivery timetables

The road scheme identified is not delivered in accordance with delivery timetables

Local Highway Authority

SO7, SO8

SA4, SA6, SA12, SA15

SP17

TRA2

Local Indicator: Amount of walking and cycling infrastructure implemented as part of planning permissions

Increase in the number of schemes implemented

No trigger. Monitoring for contextual information

Local Highway Authority

Local Planning Authority

SO8

SA6

TRA1

Local Indicator: Implementation of Welsh Government Road Schemes – including Llandeilo Bypass

Monitored for information purposes

No target

No trigger. Monitoring for contextual information

Welsh Government

Strategic Policy – SP 18: Mineral Resources

SO7

SA6

SP18

MR1

Local Indicator:

The amount of hard rock landbank

Maintain a minimum aggregate landbank of 10 years for hard rock

Less than 10 years hard rock landbank.

Operators

Planning Policy and guidance

LDP policies

Development management and decision making process.

SO7

SA6

SP18

MR1

Local Indicator:

The amount sand and gravel landbank

Maintain a minimum landbank for sand and gravel of 7 years.

Less than 7 years sand and gravel landbank.

Operators

Planning Policy and guidance

LDP policies

Development management and decision making process.

SO7

SA6

MR2

Local Indicator:

Sterilising developments permitted within mineral buffer zones.

No permanent, sterilising development within a mineral buffer zone.

5 permanent, sterilising developments permitted within a mineral buffer zone contrary to Policy over 3 consecutive years.

Planning Policy and guidance

LDP policies

Development management and decision making process.

SO7

SA6

MR3

Local Indicator:

Sterilising developments permitted within a mineral safeguarding areas.

No permanent, sterilising development will be permitted within a mineral safeguarding area.

5 permanent, sterilising developments permitted within a mineral safeguarding area over 3 consecutive years.

Planning Policy and guidance

LDP policies

Development management and decision making process.

Strategic Policy – SP 19: Waste Management

SO7

SA6

SP19

Local Indicator:

Monitor planning permissions for waste management facilities

Maintain sufficient capacity to meet local need

Information set out within the South West Wales Waste Planning Monitoring Report

Planning Policy and guidance

LDP policies

Development management and decision-making process.

* Subject to the outcome of the Delivery of Housing Through the Planning System consultation

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