Annual Monitoring Report
Monitoring is a critical part of the planning process and is essential to establish what is happening now, and what may happen in the future. It provides a vital feedback loop in the cyclical process of policy making, and helps to address questions such as:
Are policies achieving their objectives and delivering sustainable development?
- Have policies had unintended consequences?
- Are the assumptions behind the policies still relevant?
Are targets being achieved?
Monitoring is undertaken throughout the year, and since 2005, the Annual Monitoring Report has provided the means by which to consolidate this information, and present a review of progress throughout each monitoring period.
In 2008/2009, the constituent authorities of the North Northamptonshire area, namely Corby Borough Council, East Northamptonshire Council, Kettering Borough Council and the Borough Council of Wellingborough, agreed to produce its first North Northamptonshire Joint Annual Monitoring Report (JAMR). This decision was made in light of the fact that the area had adopted a Joint Core Spatial Strategy in June of that year.
The Joint Annual Monitoring Report is coordinated and produced by the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit (NNJPU), and has previously been prepared in accordance with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. This required every local planning authority to make an annual report to the Secretary of State containing information on the implementation of the Local Development Scheme (LDS), and the extent to which the policies set out in the Local Development Documents (LDDs) are being achieved. However, on 30 March 2011, the Department for Communities and Local Government wrote to all local planning authorities to advise the withdrawal of local plan monitoring guidance. It is now a matter for local authorities to decide what information to include in the monitoring reports, as long as they are prepared in accordance with UK and EU legislation.
Previous versions of the JAMR have made use of indicators advocated in national guidance by the government. Although this guidance has now been withdrawn, the indicator set continues to be used in order to maintain a consistent evidence base.
To accompany each JAMR, East Northamptonshire Council produce a Contextual Information document which establishes the baseline position of the wider social, environmental and economic circumstances within the district. Subject areas covered include demographics, the environment, housing, employment & business, and transportation and movement.