Cheltenham Plan Pre-Submission consultation

Pre-Submission Cheltenham Plan

19 Delivery, Monitoring and Review

19.1 Monitoring of the Cheltenham Plan is an important process which will indicate how effective the policies contained in the plan are in terms of meeting the Vision and Objectives. It also highlights if policies are not working, and could be a key trigger for plan review. Therefore, it is important that the identified indicators which will be used are obtainable, measureable and the data is produced on a regular basis. The Joint Core Strategy (JCS) already details a thorough monitoring framework, many of the indicators of which will allow the objectives identified in the Cheltenham Plan to be monitored also; therefore a number of the objectives for the Cheltenham Plan refer to indicators identified in the JCS. Monitoring will be reported through the annual monitoring report.

DELIVERY

19.2 The JCS’ Delivery, Monitoring and Review chapter encompasses analysis of monitoring of residential development and calculation of five-year housing land supply, which will continue to be covered at that strategic level. However, part of the housing supply will be met through the Cheltenham Plan, which will be discussed in greater detail here than that covered in the JCS. It should be noted that this is a subset of the main trajectory produced in the JCS and as such should be read in conjunction with the JCS Delivery, Monitoring and Review chapter.

Table 9: Summary of Requirement and Supply for Cheltenham Borough
Housing requirement for Cheltenham Borough (2011-2031) (as agreed in the JCS) 10,917 dwellings
Total supply of housing (2011-2031) 

11,030 dwellings

(The Cheltenham Plan allocates 113 dwellings more than the requirement to allow for flexibility in site delivery over the plan period)
Supply being met through strategic allocations (allocated in the JCS) 5,385 dwellings
Supply being met through allocations in the Cheltenham Plan 1,236 dwellings
Unplanned supply (being met through windfall) 4,409 dwellings
5-Year Housing Land Supply (correct at date of publication) 5.6 years
Employment requirement (2011-2031) (as identified in the JCS) 1ha
Employment supply from new allocations in the Cheltenham Plan 7.35ha (total site area)

 

19.3 Through the Cheltenham Plan, a number of sites are allocated for housing development. Following discussions with developers and land owners and consideration of constraints affecting each site, a trajectory has been produced to show when development is expected to be delivered on each site. The same over-arching principles have been applied to this trajectory as used when calculating five-year housing land supply in the JCS.

19.4 34% of the supply being delivered through the Cheltenham Plan allocations already has consent, and therefore development on these sites must be started within three or five years from the date of permission. These sites are shown in Table 10 highlighted in blue; the other sites are allocations which have yet to receive planning permission.

Table 10: Trajectory of Cheltenham Plan allocations
Ref. Site Name Permission Reference Net Capacity 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22 22-23 23-24 24-25 25-26 26-27 27-28 28-29 29-30 30-31
  57-59 Winchcombe Street (Axiom) 15/02268/FUL 11   11                        
  Rivershill House, St Georges Road 15/00451/FUL 45   25 20                      
  Pittville School, Albert Road 15/01163/OUT 58         25 33                
MD2 North Place Car Park and Portland Street 12/01612/FUL 143           25 50 50 18          
  Springbank Shopping Centre 16/02303/FUL 34   15 15 4                    
  Land at Lansdown Road 17/00337/FUL 67     25 25 27                  
  102 Prestbury Road 17/01266/FUL 30     15 15                    
  Premiere Products, Bouncers Lane 17/00929/OUT 58     25 25 8                  
HD1 Christ College Site B   70           25 45              
HD3 Former Monkscroft Primary School   60       25 25 10                
HD4 Bouncer’s Lane (not consented)   20           20                
HD5 Land off Oakhurst Rise   25               25            
HD6 Land off Stone Crescent   20       20                    
HD7 Land off Brockhampton Lane   20             10 10            
HD8 Priors Farm Fields   50                   25 25      
MD5 Leckhampton (previously Strategic Allocation)   250   30 50 60 60 50                
HD10 Old Gloucester Road   175       25 50 50 50              
MD1 Lansdown Industrial Estate   100                 25 50 25      
  Total   1246 0 81 150 199 185 213 155 85 43 75 50 0 0 0

 

HOUSING SUPPLY REVIEW MECHANISM

19.5 The JCS details a housing supply review mechanism which will be applied to the JCS area as a whole. The trigger mechanism (10%) will be applied to the Cheltenham trajectory, of which the allocations in the Cheltenham Plan are part.

Figure 1: Review Mechanism

EMPLOYMENT

19.6 Two out of the four employment allocations made in Policy EM1 have planning permission, the details of which are provided in Table 11.

Table 11: Employment land allocations
Ref. Allocation Planning Ref. Description
E1 Land south of Jessop Avenue

16/01417/FUL

Erection of six-storey B1 office development with A2/A3 use at ground floor, together with roof plant, external cycle and bin stores, on-site parking and parking canopy structures
E2 Land south of Hatherley Lane 12/01488/FUL Erection of 3,384sq.m of office headquarters floorspace (use class B1) (proposal is an amendment to Unit 9 of planning permission 10/00252/FUL)
E3 Land north-west of Grovefield Way

16/02208/FUL

Hybrid application seeking detailed planning permission for a 5,034 sq.m of commercial office space (Use Class B1), 502 sq.m day nursery (Use Class D1), 1,742 sq.m supermarket food retail unit (Class A1), a 204 sq.m coffee shop retail unit and drive-thru (Use Classes A1 and A3), with associated parking, landscaping and infrastructure works. Outline planning permission sought for the erection of 8,034 sq.m of commercial office space (Use Class B1), together with associated car parking, landscaping and infrastructure works, with all matters reserved (except access).
E4 Chelt Walk, Town Centre No application  

 

MONITORING

19.7 In order to ensure effective monitoring of the Cheltenham Plan, a monitoring framework has been produced and is detailed in the following three tables. Unlike the JCS, there is a table setting out the objectives under each Vision theme rather than each objective.

THEME A

19.8 The following objectives help to achieve Vision theme A which focuses on communities:

Cheltenham is a place where people live in strong, safe, healthy, well-served and well-connected communities

Table 12: Theme A objectives
Objective Indicator Target Source Period
a) Recognise the local distinctiveness of Cheltenham’s various neighbourhoods and deliver regeneration where appropriate Population make-up of each ward No target Inform Gloucestershire Annually
Indices of multiple deprivation No target Inform Gloucestershire Annually
Crime rates reported by ward No sharp rise in wards which have allocations in Inform Gloucestershire Annually
b) Ensure provision of sufficient housing land and other opportunities for residential development that meets the needs of the current and future population of the Borough Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 8: Delivering a wide choice of quality homes
c) Understand what people need from the places where they live and work to help create socially sustainable communities using locally specific models Claimants for mental and behavioural disorders per 1,000 working-age population No target Public Health England Profiles To be reported in the annual monitoring report
Amount of dedicated community space in large-scale new developments Increased amount of community space in areas of growth Internal monitoring of planning applications To be reported in the annual monitoring report
A balanced mix of tenure on large-scale new developments so that a balanced community is more likely to be reflected No target Internal monitoring of planning applications To be reported in the annual monitoring report
d) Ensure that new communities are integrated with neighbouring communities to promote cohesion and reduce social isolation Number of Neighbourhood Forums / Plans that are created in areas of growth Increased number of neighbourhood plans in production Internal monitoring Annually
Data from HMO counts To have a balanced community Internal monitoring Tri-annually
e) Enable investment in schools, healthcare and other community facilities and meeting places in order to support new and existing communities Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 9: Promoting healthy communities
f) Increase opportunities for sport and active leisure, particularly in areas of under-provision Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 9: Promoting healthy communities
g) Design places that are accessible to all and where barriers to walking and cycling are removed so that active travel and public transport are the default choices Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 9: Promoting healthy communities
h) Support a network of neighbourhood centres that provide an appropriate range of local amenities to support sustainable communities Number of new neighbourhood centres created Each community to be supported by a local neighbourhood centre Internal monitoring Annually
i) Ensure that new development protects public safety and amenity and creates environments that contribute to reducing crime and fear of crime Crime rates reported by ward No significant increase in crime reported from wards with allocations Inform Gloucestershire To be reported in the annual monitoring report
j) Improve health outcomes by promoting and prioritising active travel Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 7: Promoting sustainable transport

 

THEME B

19.9 The following objectives help to achieve Vision theme B which focuses primarily on the economy:

Cheltenham is a place with a prosperous and enterprising economy where education and employment opportunities are increasing and diversifying, where businesses choose to invest, and where the benefits are felt by all.

Table 13: Theme B objectives
Text Indicator Target Source Period
a) Ensure provision of sufficient employment land and other opportunities for economic development to attract new businesses and to enable existing businesses to grow and develop within Cheltenham Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 1: Building a strong and competitive urban economy
b) Promote the development of adaptable and flexible employment space within Cheltenham so that sites and buildings can be re-used with minimal environmental impact Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 1: Building a strong and competitive urban economy
c) Assist in developing and maintaining an attractive retail offer in the town centre and other designated centres Provisions to made within the JCS Retail Review and covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 2: Ensuring vitality of town centres
d) Deliver a range of sustainable transport choices through appropriate infrastructure improvements including better cross-town and local links, prioritised junctions, and improved public transport Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 7: Promoting sustainable transport
e) Encourage knowledge-intensive services businesses in high-value sectors Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 1: Building a strong and competitive urban economy
f) Support development of Cheltenham’s educational facilities to ensure that young people have access to a wide range of opportunities New schools/ educational facilities being delivered Where a need is identified for that need to be met in full, either through new facilities or extending existing facilities Annual employment monitoring Annually
Number of playing fields lost to other land uses Maintain overall provision of playing fields Annual employment monitoring Annually
Number of school places available  No target Gloucestershire County Council Annually

 

THEME C

19.10 The following objectives help to achieve Vision theme C which focuses on both the built and natural environment:

Cheltenham is a place where the quality and sustainability of our cultural assets and natural and built environment are valued and recognised locally, nationally and internationally and tourists choose to visit and return to.

Table 14: Theme C objectives
Text Indicator Target Source Period
a) Conserve and enhance Cheltenham’s architectural, townscape and landscape heritage, particularly within the town’s conservation areas Number of planning applications that are within a conservation area No target Annual housing monitoring Annually
b) Conserve, manage and enhance Cheltenham’s natural environment and biodiversity Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 4: Conserving and enhancing the environment
c) Support development of Cheltenham’s sporting, cultural, arts and tourism infrastructure (including public art) to ensure that the Borough maintains its reputation as a cultural destination and continues to be an attractive place to visit Contributions towards sporting, cultural and arts infrastructure No target Authority monitoring report Annually
Number of visitors to sporting venue - Leisure@ Increased use of Leisure@ Authority monitoring report Annually
Number of visitors to Cheltenham festivals No target Internal monitoring Annually
d) Address the challenge of climate change, ensuring that development meets high design and sustainability standards and is built to be adaptable over the long term Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 6: Meeting the challenges of climate change
e) Improve pedestrian and cycle permeability throughout the town by creating a network of convenient routes which include multifunctional green spaces that link with the wider countryside, attractive and safe streets and spaces, and measures which reduce the visual and environmental impact of vehicular traffic Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 7: Promoting sustainable transport
f)  Support provision, maintenance and continued investment in a high quality public and private realm, including formal and informal green spaces and private gardens that contribute to local amenity and wildlife biodiversity Covered by monitoring indicators contained in the JCS for Strategic Objective 4: Conserving and enhancing the environment
g) Manage and reduce the risk of flooding within the Borough Number of applications with an associated flood risk. Development should not be permitted in the worst flood risk areas (Flood zones 1 and 2). Authority monitoring report and annual monitoring reports Annually