Agenda item

Elmbridge BC Authority Monitoring Report 2016/17

Decision:

Resolved that the Elmbridge Borough Council Authority’s Monitoring Report for 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, as set out at Appendix A of the report, be approved for formal publication.

Minutes:

(Link to Council Priorities: P3)

 

Under the Government’s Local Plan Regulations, there was a requirement to formally produce an Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) and in this regard, the Portfolio Holder for Planning Services considered a report that sought approval to formally publish the AMR. 

 

The Portfolio Holder noted that, whilst all authorities were still required to produce a monitoring report each year, there was no requirement for them to submit the report to the Secretary of State, or report against a fixed set of centrally agreed indicators.  Instead, the AMR was required to set out performance against locally important objectives as set out in the Core Strategy to enable better local scrutiny of the impacts of local policies on planning and development.

 

This was the Council’s thirteenth AMR and covered the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.  The AMR assessed the preparation of emerging Local Plan documents and represented the fifth full monitoring year since the Core Strategy had been adopted in 2011.  The report had been written taking full account of government guidance and met these requirements in full providing a clear picture of performance against the Council’s objectives.

 

In particular, in respect of housing, the Portfolio Holder noted that the Council was unable to demonstrate a 5-year housing land supply given that only 267 net dwellings had been completed in the period of this AMR.

 

The Portfolio Holder was pleased to note that the implementation and use of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds had been very successful as the Council had collected more than double its £2,000,000 target.  This showed that the Levy was both deliverable and viable.

 

During consideration of the item, the Portfolio Holder invited Councillor S.J. Selleck to comment on the AMR.  Whilst acknowledging that the AMR was for 2016/17, Councillor Selleck asked whether the Council was required to publish the document given that the content was significantly out of date.  Whilst the AMR should have been published in December 2017, the Planning Policy Manager advised that due to resourcing issues this had not been possible.  However, even though the content was now out of date, the Council was still obliged to publish the AMR.  In this regard, it was suggested that an explanation be provided as to why the publication of the AMR for 2016/17 had been delayed.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Planning Services welcomed the interesting and comprehensive Council’s Authority Monitoring Report for 2016/17 and thanked the officers for all the work undertaken in collecting the required data.  On consideration of the report and specifically with regard to the Council not meeting its Local Plan target for the delivery of 77 affordable homes per annum, the Portfolio Holder reiterated the reasons for not achieving the target which was due to various issues including a significant number of planning permissions not having been implemented.

Resolved that the Elmbridge Borough Council Authority’s Monitoring Report for 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, as set out at Appendix A of the report, be approved for formal publication.

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