Core Strategy


Core Strategy

This sets the overall vision for future land use and provides the framework for the scale and distribution of development up to 2028. It was adopted in September 2014.

The Core Strategy is the key planning policy document within the Rother Local Plan. It sets the overall vision and objectives for development in the district up to 2028 and includes policies relating to the scale and distribution of development across its towns and rural areas. It also contains 'core policies' that address key issues facing the district, in relation to sustainable resource management, community development, housing, the economy, the environment and transport.

The Core Strategy does not allocate specific sites for development. This will follow in a separate document called the Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan.

The Core Strategy was adopted by Full Council on 29 September 2014, having been found sound by the Inspector appointed to oversee the public examination process, subject to the inclusion of the main modifications set out in the Appendix to her report.

The Core Strategy now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for the District will be used in the determination of all planning applications, alongside those saved policies in the Local Plan 2006 not replaced by the Core Strategy. (Superseded 2006 policies are identified in Appendix 1 of the Core Strategy.)

The adopted Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal and the Post-Adoption SEA Statement are available to view on the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) page.

The adopted Core Strategy is also available to inspect at the Council's Community Help Points and is available to purchase for £30 (plus £2 p&p) either in person at the Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea or by written request, accompanied by a cheque payable to 'Rother District Council' for £32.00, to the Planning Strategy Section, Rother District Council, Town Hall, London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 3JX.


Two typographical errors were identified in the original printed Core Strategy. The online pdf document has been amended to rectify these errors, while they have also been corrected in hard copies available now.  Any copy purchased before 4 June 2015 will be exchanged free of charge.

Policy LHN2 - Affordable Housing

On 28 November 2014, Central Government amended the national Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) to detail specific circumstances when affordable housing and tariff-style planning obligations should not be sought.  It indicates that sites of 5 or less cannot seek affordable housing (either on-site provision or financial contributions). In Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) Local Authorities can seek financial contributions towards affordable housing of sites of 6-10 dwellings. On sites of 11 or more, on-site provision can be sought.

It was agreed at Cabinet on 9 March 2015 that, pending further work, the Council would give greater weight to the PPG than Core Strategy Policy LHN2 in relation to the thresholds at which affordable housing is triggered in the determination of planning applications. This interim approach will be reviewed via the DaSA Local Plan.


Background Evidence

Background papers and evidence studies on the key aspects of the social, economic and environmental characteristics of the area play a critical role in supporting the policies of the Local Plan.

A number of background papers and evidence studies have been produced and are available on the Background Evidence page.


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