Background Evidence

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Background Evidence

Rother's Local Plan (2011-2028), formerly known as the Local Development Framework, is based on thorough investigations of the needs, opportunities and constraints within the district. Studies have been undertaken on the key aspects of the social, economic and environmental characteristics of the area. A number of background papers have been prepared.

Procedural

The Equalities Impact Assessment details the results of the Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) of the Rother District Council Proposed Submission Core Strategy. The main purpose of the EqIA is to assess whether the Proposed Submission Core Strategy affects different groups of people in different ways. It considers the likely impact on these different groups and how the needs of such groups have been taken into account in relation to the development of the Core Strategy and the policies contained within it.  An updated Equalities Impact Assessment for the Proposed Submission Core Strategy incorporating Focused Amendments was published in August 2012.

pdf icon Equalities Impact Assessment [897kb]

pdf icon Updated Equalities Impact Assessment [3Mb]

Apdf icon Duty to Co-operate statement [310kb], which sets out how the Council has complied with the duty to co-operate under the Localism Act, 2011 in the formulation of the Core Strategy.

Following publication of the NPPF, a detailed pdf icon Proposed Submission Core Strategy - Assessment of compliance with the NPPF [467kb] which indicates the extent to which the NPPF policies are complied with by the Core Strategy.

A pdf icon Legal Compliance Self-Assessment [204kb] has been undertaken by the Council to check, and confirm, that its Core Strategy has been prepared in accordance with the relevant legislative requirements and is legally "sound" to submit.  As such, it supports the submission of the Council's 'Proposed Submission Core Strategy (incorporating Focused Amendments)' in July 2012.

A pdf icon Soundness Self-Assessment [104kb] has been undertaken by the Council to check, and confirm, that its Core Strategy is positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy in order for it to judged  "sound".  As such, it supports the submission of the Council's 'Proposed Submission Core Strategy (incorporating Focused Amendments)' in July 2012.


Consultation Statements

The Consultation Statement sets out what stakeholder engagement there has been to date. It specifically highlights comments made in earlier consultations, as well as the council's responses. There have been five versions of the Consultation Statement published during the course of the Core Strategy. These are as follows, starting with the most recent:


Spatial Area Studies

The Battle Town Study is part of the evidence base to inform Rother District Council's Core Strategy Development Plan Document. The study includes a profile of the town (in terms of population, economy, services, housing and environment) and investigates some of the key issues facing the town in a planning context.

pdf icon Battle Town Study Appendices and Maps [8Mb]

The Bexhill Town Study forms part of the evidence base to refine the strategic policy direction of Bexhill. The study focuses on the challenges facing the town and contributed to the development of a framework to support coordinated growth of the town, in a way that makes it a stronger centre for jobs, community and services, with a clear independent identity. The associated appendices can be downloaded.

pdf icon Bexhill Town Study Appendices [2Mb]

In respect of North East Bexhill, pdf icon A review of potential sustainable energy measures [264kb] was prepared for the Council by Savills and AEA Energy and Environment in October 2007. This informed preparation of the North East Bexhill Supplementary Planning Document.

The pdf icon North Bexhill Appraisal and Recommendations Report [16Mb] forms part of the evidence base relating to the broad location for future development at North Bexhill as identified within the Council's adopted Core Strategy. The Report evaluates the nature and extent of development potential at North Bexhill. It is also accompanied by a pdf icon North Bexhill Landscape and Ecology Study [6Mb] which was used to identify and appraise the landscape and ecological constraints to potential development.

The Hastings Fringes background paper provides the evidence base supporting the Hastings Fringes chapter of the Proposed Submission Core Strategy. The paper focuses on urban fringe management of the Hastings Fringe area, improving accessibility in the Hastings and Bexhill area, and looking at sustainable urban expansion that supports the shared vision for Hastings and Bexhill and is consistent with traffic and environmental constraints.

The Rother in Profile Document identifies the main spatial characteristics of the District, and sets the scene for the consideration of future development and change in Rother.

The Rye and Rye Harbour Study forms part of the evidence base to inform Rother District Council's Core Strategy Development Plan Document. The paper focuses on Rye and Rye Harbour village and contributed towards refining the 'place-shaping' framework for one of Rother's most distinctive settlements.

pdf icon Rye and Rye Harbour Town Study Appendices [9Mb]

A Rural Settlements Study aims to contribute towards the 'Place-Shaping' of individual villages. It has helped inform the Core Strategy by defining villages in terms of their service role, and need/suitability for development.

The Urban Options Background Paper, which elaborates on the context for the strategies for Bexhill, Battle and Rye, and on their respective strategic options for future development and change.


Homes and Housing

The Affordable Housing background paper details the evidence base which supports the affordable housing policies in the Local Housing Needs chapter of the Proposed Submission Core Strategy. It looks at thresholds, percentages and tenures of affordable housing, along with the methodology for affordable housing targets.

The pdf icon Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople background paper [755kb] details the evidence base and methodology for the provision of sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople. It outlines the appropriate level of provision for Gypsy and Traveller pitches within the District based on local need.

The Hastings and Rother Housing Market Assessment 2006 was undertaken jointly with Hastings Borough Council. It established a strategic vision of housing supply and demand over the next 10 years.

The Hastings and Rother Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update 2009/10 was undertaken jointly with Hastings Borough Council. The Update addresses the gaps in the original 2006 HMA report to ensure it complies with the Communities and Local Government Guidance (2007) and considers the effects of the housing market downturn.

The Housing Needs Study 2005 was carried out by David Couttie Associates (DCA) on behalf of the Council. The purpose of the study was to examine the housing requirements needs, aspirations and demands for the communities and household of the District.

The Housing Strategy 2007 to 2012 is produced by the Council's Housing Division. It includes valuable research into the housing needs of Rother's residents.

There are a number of relevant Housing studies on issues such as affordable housing, homelessness and gypsies and travellers.

The Overall Housing Provision in Rother District background paper reviews the national policy guidance, as well as the basis of, and assumptions behind, the housing provisions for Rother in the South East Plan. It considers their currency in terms of providing a strategic direction for the wider area as well as for Rother. The main body of the Paper concerns itself with determining the appropriate level of housing growth by looking in turn at the various factors that need to be carefully balanced.

The Rother District Affordable Housing Viability Assessment 2010 tests the District Council's proposed affordable housing policies and ensures that they are consistent with securing the delivery of new houses within Rother.

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2013 identifies sites with housing potential, both those that accord with current planning policy and further ones that would require a change in policies if they are to be pursued.

Following publication of the NPPF, an pdf icon Assessment of housing need in the Hastings and Rother HMA [284kb] which reviews the relationship between housing growth proposed in the Core Strategy and housing need, drawing together information contained in existing documents (prepared jointly with Hastings Borough Council).  An Addendum Note pdf icon Addendum Note to the Assessment of Housing Need in the Hastings and Rother Housing Market Area [492kb]  in relation to the footnote referred to in paragraph 50 in the 'Assessment of Housing Need in the Hastings and Rother Housing Market Area' as well as the related spreadsheet pdf icon Updated Local Economic Forecasting Model (LEFM) Produced in 2010 [164kb] have also been published.

A 'Housing Land Supply and Housing Trajectory at April 2012' which indicates the anticipated delivery of housing proposed in the Core Strategy and the current position on the supply of deliverable sites.

pdf icon Summary Appraisal of Sustainable Housing Growth Potential July 2013 [1Mb]

pdf icon Letter From Hastings and Rother Councils to Neighbouring Councils Regarding Duty to Co-Operate on Housing Provision July 2013 [183kb]

pdf icon Hastings and Rother Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update: Housing Needs Assessment June 2013 [1Mb]

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment June 2013

pdf icon Housing Delivery in Bexhill and Hastings Final Report June 2013 [913kb]

pdf icon Rother Core Strategy Housing Numbers - Habitat Regulations Implications Analysis July 2013 [144kb]

pdf icon Housing Land Supply and Trajectory as at April 2013 [456kb]

The 'pdf icon Financial contributions for affordable housing from small sites in the High Weald AONB - December 2016 [816kb]' sets out the Council's current methodology for payments in lieu of onsite provision of affordable housing on small sites (6-10 dwellings) on the basis of a sliding scale. It also sets out how payments would be calculated for sites where part unit payments are also triggered.


Economic and Commercial

The pdf icon Employment Sites Review Background Paper [5Mb] assesses the suitability of existing employment sites for continued employment use, intensification or expansion, as well as looking at potential new sites.

A 'District-wide Shopping Assessment' prepared by GL Hearn, is available. The purpose of this assessment is to inform and guide retail planning in the District.

The pdf icon 'Testing of Retail Scenarios for Bexhill' [1Mb] prepared by GL Hearn, is available. Its purpose is to provide retail planning advice in respect of potential foodstore development and redevelopment proposals at Bexhill.

The Hastings and Rother Employment Strategy Review (incorporating Employment Land Review) has been prepared jointly with Hastings Borough Council. It provides the evidence base for the development of spatial economic strategies in the Authorities' respective Local Plans. The Hastings and Rother Employment Strategy Review Update (incorporating Employment Land Review) has been prepared jointly with Hastings Borough Council.  It updates the evidence base for the development of spatial economic strategies in the Authorities' respective LDFs.

An 'Employment Land Supply and Trajectory April 2012' which indicates the anticipated delivery of employment land proposed in the Core Strategy and the current position on the supply of deliverable sites.

pdf icon Review of Employment Land Requirements in Light of Proposed Revised Housing Targets July 2013 [97kb]
pdf icon Rother Shopping Assessment Update Report 2013 [2Mb]


Recreation and Leisure

An Open Space, Sport and Recreation Audit and Assessment  has been completed with the assistance of PMP consultants and in accordance with national planning guidance (PPG17).

Hastings and Rother - Leisure Facilities Strategy (2009-2020) was prepared by Capita Symonds for Rother District Council and Hastings Borough Council. The final report, dated August 2009, has been adopted by the Councils.

A pdf icon Rother and Hastings Playing Pitch Strategy [7Mb] was published in December 2016.


Environmental

The Green Infrastructure Study is a background evidence study for the Local Plan (2011-2028). Its purpose is to draw on relevant sources to identify spaces that contribute to green infrastructure in the district and to identify potential opportunities for future green infrastructure provision. The original Study was published in 2011 and a further Addendum was produced in 2016. 

pdf icon Green Infrastructure Study [3Mb]
pdf icon Green Infrastructure Background Paper Addendum [1Mb]

Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) - The purpose of a HRA is to assess the impacts of a land-use plan, in combination with the effects of other plans and projects, against the conservation objectives of a European nature conservation site, also known as the Natura 2000 network; and to ascertain whether that plan would adversely affect the protection or integrity of such a site.

A revised pdf icon Ancient Woodland Inventory [3Mb] was produced for Rother district in 2010 and is available, along with a number of maps, on the Ancient Woodland page.

Landscape Assessments have been carried out for strategic development areas around Bexhill and the Hastings Fringes and for the Market Towns and Villages in order to assist consideration of the development strategy.

A 'Low Carbon and Renewable Potential Study' has been prepared for the Council by Scott Wilson in association with Drivers Jonas and Thameswey Energy to help in the development of policies for a low-carbon future.

A pdf icon Renewable Energy Background Paper [907kb] was published in December 2016 alongside the Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan Options and Preferred Options consultation.

A Strategic Flood Risk Assessment has been prepared by the council, together with its consultants, Scott Wilson and in consultation with the Environment Agency.

A pdf icon Water Efficiency Background Paper [392kb] was published in December 2016 alongside the Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan Options and Preferred Options consultation.

'Water, People, Places' is a sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) guide developed for the South East 7 (SE7) authorities, which includes East Sussex County Council. This guidance outlines the process for integrating sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) into the master planning of large and small developments. This guidance should be used by developers and planners and other practitioners involved in the planning and design of the built environment in the South East of England.

The pdf icon Strategic Gaps Background Paper [6Mb] reviews the existing gaps defined within the Rother District Local Plan (2006). The principle of Strategic Gaps is carried forward through the Council's Local Plan Core Strategy (2014), being the subject of policies HF1 and RY1. The Background Paper reviews the actual extent of these areas, to inform the review of proposed Strategic Gap boundaries through the Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan.

Dungeness and Romney Marsh Sustainable Access Strategy

Much of the Romney Marsh, Dungeness and Rye Bay is internationally important for its wildlife. The area also receives many visitors and their spending is integral to the economies of both Rother and Shepway districts.

In preparing their Local Plan strategies Shepway and Rother District Councils jointly assessed the impact of development on these wildlife sites. This assessment has led to the councils agreeing to produce a "Sustainable Access Strategy" (SAS) for the area. The SAS will be used to ensure that increased visiting does not adversely impact on the integrity of the internationally important wildlife sites.

As a first stage in developing the SAS, surveys have been undertaken both on site and on-line in order to establish the current levels and nature of visiting to the area.

The Shoreline Management Plan

The Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) and associated maps provides a large-scale assessment of the risks associated with coastal evolution and presents a policy framework to address these risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environment in a sustainable manner.


Transport and Infrastructure

The pdf icon Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) [1Mb] (July 2012) identifies key pieces of infrastructure needed to achieve the objectives and policies in the Core Strategy, and identifies broad locations where the infrastructure will be located. The IDP is a 'live' document and will be periodically reviewed and updated as infrastructure providers assess their investment plans.  The previous Infrastructure Delivery Plan was completed in August 2011 is available to download.

pdf icon Infrastructure Delivery Plan [2Mb]

A pdf icon Transport Capacity Assessment [127kb] prepared by East Sussex County Council, which draws together the conclusions of two transport assessments affecting development in Bexhill and Hastings undertaken by Mott MacDonald, namely a pdf icon LDF Sensitivity Assessment - March 2013 [2Mb] and a pdf icon Glyne Gap Development Assessment [840kb].

A pdf icon Position Statement: Bexhill Hastings Link Road and its relationship with the Core Strategy [314kb], as at July 2012.

pdf icon LDF Sensitivity Assessment July 2013 [2Mb]

pdf icon Glyne Gap Rail study - Operational Assessment March 2013 [631kb]

pdf icon Demand Forecasting Report March 2013 [437kb]

pdf icon Infrastructure Assessments and Recommendations March 2013 [2Mb]

pdf icon Final Report August 2013 [1Mb]

pdf icon Review and Updating of Existing Studies November 2012 [359kb]

pdf icon LDF Sensitivity Assessment - July 2013 [2Mb]

excel icon LDF Sensitivity Assessment, Appendix C - July 2013 [346kb]

All of the above are available to buy as hard copy. Please contact the Strategy and Environment Section for more information.
Tel: 01424 787655
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Email: planningstrategy@rother.gov.uk

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