The Localism Bill (and subsequent Town & Country Planning Regulations 2012) removed the requirement for local planning authorities (LPAs) to formally submit an Authorities (formally ‘Annual’) Monitoring Report to the Secretary of State (SoS). However, the Bill still requires LPAs to monitor the impacts of land-use policies, and the Borough Council are strongly committed to communicating the performance and achievements of its planning service with the local community and all users of the service.
The added flexibility LPAs are now afforded through revised Regulations mean that AMRs can now take on a slightly different format which is shaped more around local objectives and spatial priorities.
This has enabled the Borough Council to produce AMRs which responds to a large number of locally-set policies from the adopted Erewash Core Strategy. It is essential that the Council are able to understand how effective these policies are performing in order to meet its strategic objectives around environmental, social and economic matters.
The Erewash Authorities Monitoring Report (AMR) for 2014-15 was published by the Borough Council in January 2017. It follows on from the release of the 2013-14 document back in 2015; the first AMR to be produced against the 2012 Local Planning regulations.
The production of AMR provides the Borough Council with an opportunity to consider how effective the monitoring framework included within its adopted Core Strategy is proving at generating various data connected to each of its 20 policies. With the Core Strategy adopted in early-2014, each subsequent AMR’s will have an increasingly important role to play in helping the Council to keep under review the impact of its local and strategic policies; with scope existing for future documents to assess the contribution made by older Saved Policies towards delivering sustainable development in Erewash.
We are keen to receive feedback on the 2014-15 AMR document. If you have any thoughts or suggestions on how we can refine the document to present it in a more readable and digestible format then please get in touch with the Planning Policy team using the contacts listed elsewhere on this part of the website and we’ll endeavor to incorporate suggestions into future iterations.
The Borough Council intends to release its 2015-16 AMR document sometime during spring 2017.