Not long left to give your view on future development in Rother


Not long left to give your view on future development in Rother

There are just three weeks left for residents to give their views on a plan that will shape future of development in the district.

Rother District Council launched a 10 week consultation in December asking for views on its draft Development and Site Allocations Local Plan.

With a target to build 5,700 new homes by 2028, the plan includes options and preferred options to show people the realistic choices that exist to meet the need for housing. The document also identifies opportunities to create employment space.

As well as commenting on the sites suggested in the document, the council is encouraging people to submit their own preferences by 5pm on Monday, February 20.

The draft local plan suggests possible sites for development of homes in Bexhill and a number of villages.  It doesn't cover areas where a neighbourhood plan is being prepared, which will also have to identify new sites for housing.

"There is still time for residents to give their views on the sites currently included in the plan, and any alternatives they want to suggest, and help shape the final document which will guide development in the district over the next decade," said  Cllr Gillian Johnson, Rother District Council's portfolio holder for strategic planning.

"We need to ensure that we meet the need for homes in the district, that we create commercial space as well as other uses to boost business in Rother.  But it is vital that development takes place on the most suitable sites, fits in with existing communities and that the right level of infrastructure is in place.

"This is an important document and I would encourage residents to tell us what they think and help us make sure the planning policies we put in place enhance the district for future generations."

Residents can view the Development and Site Allocations Local Plan and take part in the consultation by visiting

Feedback from the consultation will help shape the local plan which will be the subject of further consultation as well as undergo an independent examination before it is finally adopted.

Published on Tuesday, January 31 2017

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