Eighteen of the national indicators monitoring English councils’ performance were dropped on 1 April for being “no longer relevant or needed”. The derelict land indicator, NI 170, was one of them.
The indicator was used to gauge councils’ progress in facilitating the re-use of brownfield land. But it has proved of limited value, with the latest available data referring only to 2007.
The communities department (DCLG) says dropping the indicators does not reflect a downgrading of the issues monitored. But, it does leave councils without a yardstick.