Draft Gloucester City Plan 2016 - 2031

Draft Gloucester City Plan

5.0 Delivery, Monitoring and Review

5.0       Delivery, Monitoring and Review


5.1       The delivery of the GCP policies and site allocations are crucial to the success of the Plan.  This will involve its use in day-to-day development management, the management of major regeneration initiatives in the City and the need for extensive partnership working.

5.2       The delivery of the GCP will at all times be intrinsically linked to the delivery of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS).  The policies and proposals of the GCP should always be read alongside those of the JCS.  The two plans will be delivered in parallel, and any review of these two separately produced plans is likely to be undertaken as one in the future.

Development management

5.3       The core purpose of the GCP is to provide an up-to-date suite of planning policies, which are compliant with national planning policy and planning guidance in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), against which planning applications submitted to the council can be assessed.  These policies should be used alongside the strategic planning policies within the JCS.

Regeneration initiatives

5.4       There are a number of major regeneration initiatives, especially in the City Centre that the Council is working on with our development partners.  This includes the Housing Zone projects in conjunction with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), including Blackfriars, and other joint projects and private sector led projects such as at the Kings Quarter.

5.5       The policies of the GCP (and JCS) will be used as guidance for pre-application discussions, and the GCP allocations as policy guidance for the types of development that would be supported on these regeneration sites.

Partnership working

5.6       The City Council will continue to work with neighbouring authority partners, both the JCS partners and other authorities including Stroud, all under our Duty to Cooperate.

5.7       The delivery of the GCP will be linked to the need for partnership working, especially on those development and infrastructure proposals that are located on the periphery of the city.  This will include working with Tewkesbury Borough Council on the implementation of the JCS strategic allocations to the north and east of the city.

5.8       This will also include working with Stroud District Council on the issues arising from the planned growth to the south of the city, including the major new growth area at Hunts Grove. 

5.9       This will also involve the need for good collaboration and partnership working with the private sector.

Transport and infrastructure delivery

5.10     Fundamental to the delivery of the GCP will be the ongoing relationship with Gloucestershire County Council.  In particular there will need to be ongoing dialogue with regard to the delivery of the various transport projects contained within the Local Transport Plan, and also ongoing dialogue on issues such as education provision in the city. 

5.11     Other issues such as the ongoing discussions regarding flood protection infrastructure with the Environment Agency will also be important.  The Infrastructure Delivery Plan and consequent updates will be a useful guide in this regard.

Funding - Section 106, Community Infrastructure Levy and other sources

5.12     We must work together with the County Council and other delivery agencies to find innovative ways of funding the necessary infrastructure to support the planned growth and changing infrastructure needs of residents.

5.13     Infrastructure that is closely related to each development proposal will be accommodated on site, and continue to be negotiated via S106 agreements. This will continue to include the provision of policy compliant levels of affordable housing, subject to site specific viability issues.

5.14     The S106 approach needs to work alongside the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which is being implemented for the purposes of funding strategic infrastructure requirements.  Close partnership working with all other Gloucestershire local authorities will be required for the collection and spending of CIL monies.

5.15     In addition to S106 and CIL, other sources of funding will be required to be sourced for the delivery of essential infrastructure, including direct funding of infrastructure from central Government and other national / regional organisations.

Monitoring of the Gloucester City Plan

5.16     Annual monitoring of housing and employment delivery against land supply and targets for delivery will continue as per previous years.  This includes the calculation of the five year housing land supply position.

5.17     Housing delivery will be monitored against the housing targets and trajectory set out in the JCS and any future updates of the housing trajectory. Performance will be measured against the housing need set out in the JCS.

5.18     Output indicators have been included in the Monitoring Framework of the JCS to highlight progress in funding and delivering essential projects such as road improvement schemes and open space provision.  The JCS output indicators are considered sufficient for the area and therefore it is not considered necessary to have a second set of indicators for the City Plan.  The JCS provides comprehensive guidance for indicators in this regard.

5.19     The primary and secondary employment allocations will be monitored for gains and losses of both employment land supply and floorspace provision.

5.20     In time the annual monitoring of housing and employment is likely to be carried out in conjunction with the Council’s JCS partners.

Review of the Gloucester City Plan

5.21     The NPPF sets out that plans should be flexible to adapt to changing circumstances.  The Council is therefore committed to reviewing the GCP at an appropriate time if significant delivery issues emerge through its annual monitoring and / or if policy compatibility issues emerge.

5.22     Monitoring the performance of the GCP is essential to assess its effectiveness, to record whether proposals and allocations are being delivered, and whether policies are being implemented and remain effective.  The outputs of the annual housing and employment monitoring will enable the Council to be fully informed of progress on the ground, and ultimately whether a partial or full review of the plan is necessary.

5.23     The GCP has been written with the intention of it remaining a robust policy document for Gloucester city for the foreseeable future.  It is not expected that a review of its policies in particular would be required before 10 years following its adoption.

5.24     However the supply of land for housing, employment and other uses is an area that requires constant monitoring.  Whilst the strategic approach adopted for this plan is to maximise the capacity of developable land within the city boundary, further land may be required for the needs of Gloucester in the future.  This is likely to require land from outside of the city boundary and in this regard the review of the JCS is relevant.

5.25     The JCS sets out a specific approach to an early review.  The early review approach uses percentage indicators for the delivery of housing including the use of a 10% buffer on housing delivery for each authority on an annual basis and a 75% trigger mechanism for strategic allocations should delivery of these fall below the expected rates of delivery over any three consecutive years.

5.26     The JCS is also expected to be reviewed in conjunction with other Gloucestershire authorities, including Stroud district.  This is consistent with the Gloucestershire approach to Devolution.

5.27     An immediate single issue review of JCS retail policy is also required following its adoption. This may have an impact on sites identified for retail purposes within the city.

5.28     The need for a review of the GCP will therefore be an ongoing consideration in the context of any JCS review that may take place, and / or any significant changes to the national planning policy context.  Therefore no specific time frame for the review of the GCP is required at this time.