Policy 8.4 Monitoring and review



A  The implementation of the London Plan will be kept under review using the Key Performance Indicators set out in Table 8.2 and reported in the Annual Monitoring Report.

B  The Mayor produces an Implementation Plan which includes a range of strategic actions that the Mayor, boroughs and key stakeholders across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors will deliver to ensure the implementation of this Plan. The Implementation Plan is produced separately, but clear links between implementation actions and policies in the London Plan are included and it will be updated regularly.

C  The London Plan will be reviewed regularly to reflect trends identified in the Annual Monitoring Report and any other relevant changes to London’s situation.

Supporting text

8.18  It is important to retain a succinct set of indicators and targets against which to monitor the Plan so that it is easy for everyone with an interest to assess the extent to which the objectives and policies in this Plan are being successfully implemented and to understand the key trends. These have to be deliverable within the resources available and capable of maintaining a high level of consistency with previous monitoring in order to generate a meaningful time series of data. The target for each indicator should be regarded as a benchmark showing the direction and scale of change. These targets contribute to measuring the performance of the objectives of this Plan but do not represent themselves additional policy.

8.19  The monitoring regime of the previous London Plan was based on 28 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It has been recognised that some of these were ineffective. However, it is also important to retain useful KPIs as the real value of monitoring is in building up a time series of performance, which will assist in identifying trends and creating suitable policy responses. The new set of 24 KPIs is listed in Table 8.2. These will be monitored in the Annual Monitoring Report, to be published each February.

Table 8.2 Key Performance Indicators


Key Performance Indicator


Relevant Plan Objectives*


Maximise the proportion of development taking place on previously developed land

Maintain at least 96 per cent of new residential development to be on previously developed land

1, 4, 5, 6


Optimise the density of residential development

Over 95 per cent of development to comply with the housing density location and the density matrix (Table 3.2)

 1, 2, 3


Minimise the loss of open space

No net loss of open space designated for protection in LDFs due to new development

4, 5


Increase the supply of new homes

Average completion of a minimum of 42,000 net additional homes per year



An increased supply of affordable homes

Completion of 17,000 net additional affordable homes per year

1, 3


Reducing Health Inequalities

Reduction in the difference in life expectancy between those living in the most and least deprived areas of London (shown separately for men and women)



Sustaining economic activity

Increase in the proportion of working age London residents in employment 2011–2031



Ensure that there is sufficient development capacity in the office market

Stock of office planning permissions to be at least three times the average rate of starts over the previous three years



Ensure that there is sufficient employment land available

Release of industrial land (B2/B8 use over 1,000 sqm) to be in line with benchmarks in the Industrial Capacity SPG



Employment in Outer London

Growth in total employment in Outer London

2, 3      


Increased employment opportunities for those suffering from disadvantage in the employment market

Reduce the employment rate gap between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups and the white population and reduce the gap between lone parents on income support in London vs England & Wales average



Improving the provision of social infrastructure and related services

Reduce the average class size in primary schools

1, 2, 3


Achieve a reduced reliance on the private car and a more sustainable modal split for journeys

Use of public transport per head grows faster than use of the private car per head



Achieve a reduced reliance on the private car and a more sustainable modal split for journeys.

Zero car traffic growth for London as a whole

1, 6


Achieve a reduced reliance on the private car and a more sustainable modal split for journeys

Increase the share of all trips by bicycle from 2 per cent in 2009 to 5 per cent by 2026

3, 4, 6


Achieve a reduced reliance on the private car and a more sustainable modal split for journeys

A 50 per cent increase in passengers and freight transported on the Blue Ribbon Network from 2011–2021



Increase in the number of jobs located in areas with high PTAL values

Maintain at least 50 per cent of B1 development in PTAL zones 5–6

2, 6


Protection of biodiversity habitat

No net loss of designated Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation



Increase in municipal waste recycled or composted and elimination of waste to landfill by 2026

At least 45 per cent of waste recycled/composted by 2015 an 0 percent of biodegradable or recyclable waste to landfill by 2026

4, 5


Reduce carbon dioxide emissions through new development

Annual average percentage carbon dioxide emissions savings for strategic developments proposals progressing towards zero carbon in residential development by 2016 and zero carbon in all development by 2019



Increase in energy generated from renewable sources

Production of 8550 GWh of energy from renewable sources by 2026



Increase urban greening

Increase the total area of green roofs in the CAZ

4, 5


Improve London’s Blue Ribbon Network

Restore 15km of rivers and streams* 2009 - 2015 and an additional 10km by 2020

(*defined as main river by the Environment Agency – includes larger streams and rivers but can also include smaller watercourses of local significance)

4, 5


Protecting and improving London’s heritage and public realm

Reduction in the proportion of designated heritage assets at risk as a percentage of the total number of designated heritage assets in London

2, 4

* Plan Objectives


Objective 1  meet the challenge of growth

Objective 4  delight the senses


Objective 2  support a competitive economy

Objective 5  improve the environment


Objective 3  support the neighbourhoods

Objective 6  improve access/transport


Implementation Plan

8.20  A key aspect of this London Plan is the introduction of an Implementation Plan. At its centre is a range of strategic and tangible implementation actions for the GLA Group, partner organisations and delivery agencies covering all policy areas. The implementation actions support and facilitate the implementation of the Plan’s policies. For each implementation action, information about responsible delivery bodies, a timescale for delivery and a degree of certainty/ commitment are provided. The Implementation Plan also addresses more specifically the strategic infrastructure that is required to support the growth set out in the Plan. It is published as a separate document to the London Plan and will be monitored with progress reported regularly. There are clear links to the policies the identified implementation actions are supporting.

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