East Hampshire District Local Plan: Joint Core Strategy
10. Infrastructure, implementation and monitoring
Where the provision or improvement of infrastructure or other works or facilities is necessary, either on or off-site, to meet community or environmental needs associated with new development or to mitigate the impact of development on the environment, the payment of financial contributions will be required through planning obligations and/or the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to ensure that all such development makes an appropriate and reasonable contribution to the costs of provision.
The provision of infrastructure will be linked directly to the phasing of development on land throughout the district to ensure that appropriate enabling infrastructure is delivered. This infrastructure will be co-ordinated and delivered in partnership with developers, public agencies, such as Hampshire County Council, and other authorities. Infrastructure requirements in order to meet the growth proposals contained in this Joint Core Strategy are listed in Appendix 2.
10.1 Fully operational, well-planned and well-maintained infrastructure is crucial to the planning of the well-being of any society now and into the future. Infrastructure ranges from the roads, railways and cycle paths that criss-cross the District to the pipes below ground that provide us with water, gas and telecommunications. Social infrastructure is also important and includes a wide range of activities and facilities that support a community, including community centres, and organisations such as residents associations and mother and toddler groups (see Policy CP14), whilst green infrastructure encompasses everything from parks and open spaces to allotments and green roofs (see Policy CP26).
10.2 The provision of infrastructure is a crucial element in achieving the implementation of the policies and proposals in the Joint Core Strategy. The role of the Joint Core Strategy is to provide a clear and robust framework for development in order that investment and action can be coordinated and geared to efficient and effective delivery of necessary infrastructure.
10.3 The Council and National Park Authority have identified the key infrastructure requirements with its partners and relevant bodies, including Hampshire County Council and utility companies. Evidence of need will be set out in an Infrastructure and Delivery Plan that will be reviewed on an annual basis. Communities will play an important role in this process, and be able to contribute both to the identification of infrastructure need and to spending priorities, particularly when the Council introduces a Community Infrastructure Levy. The current requirements for infrastructure are set out in Appendix 2.
10.4 Where infrastructure is required to support development, it must be fully funded, and, where appropriate, implemented, in advance of development taking place. Phasing of implementation may be necessary in certain circumstances. The exact delivery mechanism will depend on whether funding due to be provided through planning obligations, in certain site specific instances, or through a charge under the Community Infrastructure Levy. The Council and National Park Authority expects to introduce a levy in the early part of the plan period, following the preparation of a robust evidence base and consultation with the public and infrastructure providers.
10.5 The timely and successful delivery of the proposals in the Joint Core Strategy is essential if its overall objectives are to be achieved.
10.6 The implementation of these objectives and policies cannot be achieved solely through the use of Council and National Park Authority powers and resources. Its success depends on partnership working with a range of public, private and voluntary bodies and the local community, such as Hampshire County Council, NHS Hampshire, developers and Primary Care Trusts.
10.7 It is important that there are adequate processes to monitor infrastructure and the implementation of the Joint Core Strategy. It is essential to check that the infrastructure is being delivered and that the Joint Core Strategy is being implemented satisfactorily. The main way to check the implementation of the Joint Core Strategy is through the production of a Monitoring Report. This is a key component of the LDF process. This will enable flexibility to update and amend the Joint Core Strategy as necessary.
10.8 Housing delivery is afforded high priority by government and will be a key component of monitoring the implementation of the LDF. The annual housing trajectories will show the expected housing delivery over the plan period.
10.9 Monitoring of the Joint Core Strategy will focus on the achievement of the objectives and policies of the Core Strategy and subsequent Local Development Documents. Where practicable, targets relating to the implementation of policies will be established and progress towards achieving these targets will be measured using indicators (see Appendix 5).