It is important that the policies and proposals in the Local Development Plan are monitored to ensure they are delivering the Plan’s vision and strategy. We produce a Monitoring Report each year to report on the progress of the current local development plan. It also provides evidence to help inform our next Local Development Plan. It covers how we are delivering against the vision of the plan in terms of delivering affordable housing, renewable energy schemes, climate friendly design, quality tourism accommodation, and active travel routes. It also demonstrates how our protection policies are working in relation to protecting and enhancing the historic and natural environment. Specific cases are mentioned to provide examples of how policies have been taken into consideration in determining planning applications.
Every planning authority must provide an up-to-date account on the availability of land for housing. The Housing Land Audit is produced annually and covers a period starting 1st January and ending 31st December. The key purpose of the audit is to set out the housing land supply position, giving a clear indication of any land that can be developed during the first 5 years; the ‘effective land supply’ and then to the longer term. The audit also indicates the progress being made to deliver affordable housing across the Park and how each of the allocated housing sites are progressing. The Local Development Plan 2017-2021 sets an ambitious target of 75 new homes every year and this audit provides a snapshot in time of housing completions, land available for development and a projection of when and where future developments are likely to be built.
The Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey (SVDLS) is a nationwide data collection undertaken to establish the extent and state of vacant and derelict land in Scotland. The survey has been operating since 1988, and is managed by the Scottish Government Communities Analytical Services. The data is sourced from all Scottish local authorities and the National Park Authorities.
The main purpose of the survey statistics is to provide the evidence base in monitoring the extent and state of urban vacant and derelict land; the remediation of vacant and derelict land; and progress in bringing it into re-use.