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15. Monitoring and Review

15.1 The Local Plan First Review sets outs the Council's proposals for the period up to 2011 and establishes a framework of policies within which development can occur. In order to assess the extent to which the policies and proposals are achieving local plan objectives (see 2.11), there is a need for continuous monitoring of progress. Effective monitoring will highlight what conflicts have occurred and will identify those policies to be re-considered at the next review of the plan. The process must, therefore, examine the implementation of policies and proposals and assess their impact, within the context of national, regional and county planning guidance and changes in the national and local economy.

15.2 Regular reviews will be carried out of the following broad areas:

(i) changes to national legislation, planning policy guidance, Government Circulars, regional and county planning guidance;

(ii) planning applications and appeals - in particular, reviewing the number of times each local plan policy has been used to consider planning applications and highlighting the policies which have been tested through the planning appeal procedure, focusing on those which have been unsuccessful;

(iii) socio-economic criteria (Table 3);

(iv) environmental criteria (Table 4);

(v) the intentions and requirements of major landowners, government departments and other agencies and developers.


Table 3: Socio-Economic Criteria

Socio-Economic Criteria




1. Economic growth

Amount of employment development

ECC Land Availability Survey

Development of 100 ha employment land excluding offices between 1995 and 2011.

Retention of employment land

ECC planning and implementation records

Retention in employment use of 95% of land on existing trading estates.


ONS Claimant Count

No more than 75% of the rate for England and Wales.

Economic activity rate

ONS Annual Labour Force Survey

Remain above the rate for England and Wales.

Employees with A-level or above qualifications.

To rise above the rate for England and Wales.

Employees in knowledge based industries.

ONS Annual Business Inquiry

To rise above the rate for England and Wales.

No of Super Output Areas in the City which are amongst the 10% of SOAs in England which have the highest level of multiple deprivation.

ODPM Indices of deprivation.


Number of VAT registrations per 10,000 working age population.

ONS Annual Business Inquiry

Attain the national average.

% Change in number of businesses/employee jobs located in the City over last three years.

Remain above national average.

Vacant shops

ECC Annual Survey

No more than 5% of shops in the City Centre outside areas with planning permission for redevelopment to be vacant.

City Centre shopping yields on investment ODPM Valuation Office Property Market Report 0.5% above average for Bristol, Broadmead, Bath and Plymouth.
Rental values for retail, offices and industry. Rental values to remain within 20%+ or – of average levels for Bristol, Bath and Plymouth.  

2. Access to Housing

Amount of additional housing

ECC Land Availability Survey

Not less than 6,000 additional dwellings between 1995 and 2011.

Provision of affordable housing, social and special needs housing

ECC Housing and Planning Records

At least 25% of total new dwellings provided on sites capable of yielding 15 or more dwellings or on sites of 0.5 ha or more are affordable.

Density of housing ECC Land Availability Survey 90% of all new housing at a density of between 30 and 50 dwellings per ha.
Housing on previously developed land 70% of all new housing on previously developed land.  

ONS: Office of National Statistics; ECC: Exeter City Council; ODP: Office of the Deputy Prime Minster.


Table 4: Environmental Criteria




1. Transport

Routes and frequency of bus and rail routes

DCC Devon Local Transport Plan, Annual Progress Report

Within the urban limit everyone to live within 400m of ½ hourly public transport.

Amount of walking


To raise % of people walking to work and of children walking to school.

No. of public City Centre car parking spaces

ECC Car Parks

To remain static at about 4300 spaces.

2. Maintenance of tree cover

Retention of important trees through new TPOs

ECC Design and Development & Grounds Maintenance

Trees covered by TPOs retained or replaced where preservation is not possible.

3. Biodiversity

Maintenance of bio-diversity

ECC Countryside Service, EA, English Nature, RSPB

To increase bio-diversity and seek to influence landowners to increase bio-diversity on their land.

Status and distribution of wild birds and other species

RSPB, English Nature

To increase number of birds (both species and population) breeding in the City and surrounding countryside. Increase number of farmland birds especially.

Number and total area of existing and new Local Nature Reserves, SNCIs and SLINCs: and % of population that live close enough to have easy access

ECC Countryside Service

To increase number of LNRs, SNCIs and SLINCs and to ensure more people have access to nature reserves.

4. Air Quality

Air quality levels

ECC Environmental Health

Air quality to maintain or improve from 1996 level.

5. Water

Development affecting floodplain

ECC GIS records

No development should take place on floodplains without proper remedial measures.

Habitat monitoring – area, number and diversity of species

ECC Countryside Service, RSPB, English Nature, EA

Ensure water based habitats are protected from development.

6. Land and Soil

Re-use of buildings/conversions

ECC Land Availability Survey

To increase the proportion of housing provided through conversions.

Contamination mitigation/incidents

ECC GIS records, Environmental Health & Planning

No development takes place on contaminated land except where necessary remedial works have been completed.

7. Minerals

Conservation of mineral resource

DCC Waste Local Plan, ECC GIS records and Planning

Ensure mineral resources are safeguarded from any surface development which could prejudice their exploitation.

Energy consumption/conservation

ECC Environmental Health

Reduce household energy consumption in the City by 30% of 1996 levels by 2006.

8. Townscape

Development affecting listed buildings. Increase/decrease listed buildings

ECC Planning, English Heritage

No loss of listed buildings or harmful alteration.

Grants for repair and restoration rewarded

ECC Planning

Ensure financial support is available where needed.

9. Cultural Heritage

Tourist visits/attractions visits/ museum use ECC Leisure, ECC Tourism To increase tourist/visitor use of cultural heritage assets.
Archaeological remains ECC Planning, English Heritage To ensure protection for archaeological remains.
10. Open Space
Loss of playing fields ECC Open Space Audit, ECC Leisure. No loss of playing field unless it is appropriately compensated for in another area.
Provision of amenity space in new developments ECC Open Space Audit, Planning & Leisure. All new family housing to be within 1000m of good quality childrens play facilities suitable for all age groups.
11. Urban Liveability
Quality of design ECC Planning, CABE, English Heritage To maintain a high quality of design for new developments in the City.
ECC: Exeter City Council; CABE: Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment;
DCC: Devon County Council; EA: Environment Agency