Local Development Plan Pre-Submission Publication

Ended on the 6th July 2018
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18.1 Monitoring the Local Plan is an important, ongoing activity which identifies how the policies contained in the Plan are being implemented. The Council is required to produce an Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) at least annually. The AMR monitors progress against milestones in the Local Development Scheme and contains an assessment of the extent to which objectives set out in the Local Plan are being achieved.

18.2 Where it becomes apparent that objectives and targets are not being met, or if circumstances have changed nationally or locally, this may give rise to a review of the Local Plan or other elements such as Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) or additional Development Plan Documents (DPDs).

18.3 The monitoring framework for the Local Plan is set out below. This contains a series of performance indicators and other areas on which updates may be given which will be incorporated into the AMR.

Policy Area



Monitoring Policies

Housing Strategy and Growth Locations

Net additional dwellings built

Deliver at least 9,200 dwellings on the housing sites under construction, with planning permission and allocated to meet the housing requirement up to 2033

[Deliver a rolling programme of housing sites to feed into five year housing supply]

HS1, HS2, H1

Net additional dwellings built in Strategic Housing Site East of Harlow

Deliver 2,600 dwellings and associated infrastructure on the allocated land to the east of Harlow


Number of new Gypsy and Traveller pitches completed

Restore 12 derelict pitches at Fern Hill Lane site

HS4, H10

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) on the HMO register

The number of HMOs will not exceed more than one out of a row of five units


Net change on existing habitable housing stock

No net loss in habitable housing stock


Percentage of new dwellings meet the Building Control Part M4(2) Standard for accessible and adaptable homes



Number of dwellings for wheelchair users under the Building Control Part M4(3) standard in major residential development

The proportion set out in the latest SHMA is met


Type and size of housing in major residential developments

The proportion set out in the latest SHMA is met


Percentage of Affordable Housing built in new major residential developments

At least 30% for the new major residential development (Reduction of this rate will require an independent viability assessment)


Net additional land allocated for self-build

Development of housing sites greater than 50 dwellings must include 5% of serviced plots for self-build


Economic Development and Prosperity Strategy

Net additional employment floorspace up to 2033

4.6 ha in Harlow Business Park, The Pinnacles


14.2 ha in London Road

2.2 ha in East Road, Templefields

Net loss of employment floorspace in Strategic Employment Areas and Neighbourhood Service Areas

No net loss of employment floorspace in Strategic Employment Areas and Neighbourhood Service Areas

ED2, PR1, PR2

Change in number of visitors

Increasing trend


Change in employment floorspace outside Strategic Employment Areas and Neighbourhood Service Areas

No net loss of B1, B2, B8 and waste uses outside Strategic Employment Areas and Neighbourhood Service Areas


Number of jobs created by the major developments

Increasing trend


Retail Ambitions and Town Centre Redevelopment

The Retail Hierarchy in Harlow

Retail development should be directed to Harlow Town Centre in the first instance followed by the retail centres set out in the Retail Hierarchy

RS1, PR5, PR6, PR7, PR8, PR9, PR10, PR11

Net additional retail floorspace in existing Retail Centre

Provide up to 18,100sqm of comparison floorspace and up to 3,200sqm of convenience floorspace in Harlow up to 2026 and monitor net retail provision beyond 2026 (A1 uses); and

Increasing trend in evening and night time uses

RS2, RS3, PR6, PR1

Percentage of Primary Frontage in the Town Centre in Use Classes A1, A2 and A3

At least 60% of the overall Primary Frontage length is A1 use and 100% retention of primary frontage length


Retention of Town Centres units larger than 2,500m2

No net loss in number of larger retail units in the Town Centre


Concentration of same use class in Neighbourhood Centres

No more than two adjacent units being in the same use class other than A1


Percentage of overall Frontage length being retained in A1 use in Neighbourhood Centres

Minimum of 60%


Number of key local facilities in Neighbourhood Centres and Hatches

No net loss of key local facilities

PR8, PR9

Linking Development Sites to the Wider Environment

Retention of Green Belt, Green Wedge, Green Finger or Other Open Space

No loss in Green Belt, Green Wedge, Green Finger or Other Open Space

WE1, WE2, PL4, PL5, PL7

Change in number of biodiversity and geodiversity designated assets in the district

No loss in number of biodiversity and geodiversity designated assets

WE3, PL8

Change in number and area of heritage assets in the district.

No loss in number of heritage assets

WE4, PL11

Risk of pollution and contamination

No Air Quality Management Areas in Harlow


Percentage of new dwellings achieving the Optional Technical Housing Standard for water efficiency (no more than 110 litres per person per day)



Strategic Infrastructure Requirements

Delivery of strategic and local infrastructure to support new development

Delivery of infrastructure in accordance with Infrastructure Delivery Plan

SIR1, IN1, IN2

Delivery of improvements and enhancements to key gateway locations

No target


Percentage of recycling household waste

Recycle 50% of household waste by 2020



Amount of public open space, allotments, play space and sporting provision and facilities

No net loss of public open space, allotments, play space and sporting provision


Change in number and area of Recreational, Sporting, Cultural and Community Facilities

No unnecessary loss in number and area of Recreational, Sporting, Cultural and Community Facilities


Change in number of public art in Harlow

No net loss in public art provision and increase in amount



19.1 Implementation of the Local Plan depends upon a robust working partnership between the local authority and various partners. This includes infrastructure providers and statutory bodies, developers and landowners, adjoining local authorities, County Councils, residents and local groups.

19.2 The Council has a responsibility as both a facilitator and landowner to bring forward development sites, infrastructure provision and regeneration opportunities identified in the Local Plan. A proportion of the allocated sites are Council owned and will be delivered through various mechanisms including working with developer partners and site disposal. This active involvement in bringing sites forward will also help facilitate the delivery of affordable housing.

19.3 Bringing forward the Strategic Housing Site East of Harlow, which is part of one of the four new Garden Communities, will require a coordinated and cooperative approach between the Council, the developer and Epping Forest District Council and where appropriate Essex County Council. The preparation and endorsement of an agreed master plan and design code for the site through the Garden Town will ensure consistency between the two authorities. The Spatial Vision and Design Charter and the Quality Review Panel will ensure a coherent design approach across the Garden Town. The Garden Town Board, along with an independent team, will continue to guide the delivery of the Garden Town. The Board may consider that further joint work is required to support the delivery and this will be taken forward by the Garden Town team and the local authorities.

19.4 The Council will consider, if necessary, a more active intervention to deliver development sites and regeneration opportunities in the Local Plan, if sites are not brought forward or if there are delays due to ownership issues or if there are ransom concerns. This includes the use of Compulsory Purchase Orders if appropriate.

19.5 It may be necessary to provide further clarity and guidance in respect of certain parts of the Local Plan. The Council will consider preparing supporting documents including Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and Development Briefs to assist in implementation. A separate Area Action Plan is being prepared for the regeneration and redevelopment of the Town Centre.

19.6 The Local Plan has been prepared having regard to other strategies and policies prepared by the Council and other relevant public bodies. This includes transport plans produced by the County Council, the Water Resource Management Plan undertaken by Thames Water, health strategies prepared by the Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England and documents published by the Council such as the Regeneration Strategy and Economic Development Strategy. These will continue to have a relationship to the implementation of the Local Plan.

19.7 The Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) will be regularly reviewed to ensure it is kept up to date and a monitoring framework has been prepared to help examine the effectiveness of the policies and the implementation of the Local Plan. The Council will prepare an Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) each year using this monitoring framework. The AMR will also provide an updated trajectory of development sites.

19.8 If there is insufficient supply of land, or other targets are not being met as set out in the AMR, the Council will consider whether a full or partial review of the Local Plan is required.

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