Local Planning Overview


Local Planning Overview

Local Plans provide the basis for delivering the spatial planning strategy of the district and guide future development and change. These are prepared by District Councils except that documents relating to waste and minerals matters continue to be prepared by the County Council.

The individual documents that will comprise, and support, the Local Plan (2011-2028) are set out below. For more information, click on the links shown below. A Planning Policy Newsletter giving updates as at May 2018 is also available under Related Documents below.

It is noted that the policies of the Local Plan adopted in 2006 have been 'saved' and they remain part of the statutory 'development plan'. Hence, they continue to be applied for the purposes of development management until rescinded as and when relevant policies in the new Local Plan (2011-2028) are adopted.  For more information, see the Local Plan 2006 page.

  • Local Development Scheme (LDS) which sets out a three-year work programme for the preparation and review of local planning policy in Rother District.
  • The Core Strategy which sets out the Council's long-term spatial vision and policies to deliver that vision. It identifies broad locations for development where development will be accommodated but will not specify actual sites. It includes strategically important development management policies. It was adopted in 2014.
  • The Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan which will allocate specific areas of land for development, review development boundaries, and will include more detailed development management policies.
  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), which elaborate upon a policy or proposal in the Local Plan. They are non-statutory documents. Current SPDs exist for Affordable Housing and North East Bexhill.
  • Local Plan Monitoring Report which informs as to the progress on implementing the Local Development Scheme, and the extent to which the policies set out in the Local Plan are being achieved. This page also include Housing Land Monitoring which reviews the characteristics of the current housing market and identifies the extent to which existing plans fulfil the requirement to maintain a rolling supply of deliverable land.
  • Sustainability Appraisal which evaluates the social, economic and environmental impacts of policies and strategies in a Local Plan to ensure that the policies and strategies are in accordance with Sustainable Development Objectives.
  • Background Evidence Studies have been prepared on a number of different subjects in order to inform the new Local Plan. A full list of studies is set out.
  • Neighbourhood Plans may be prepared by Town and/or Parish Councils to plan for housing and other development needs in that locality.  It is an alternative to working with the District Council on the Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan.
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new tariff-based approach to help fund infrastructure.  The Council implemented a CIL charging schedule in April 2016.
  • Getting involved in planning policy - details of how you can be involved in the development of planning policy through relevant public consultations. This page also includes the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) which provides the protocols for public involvement in the preparation and subsequent review of policy documents and planning applications.

The Local Plan is being prepared by the Planning Policy team. If you would like to contact us, please email or write to us using the details below:

Rother District Council
Planning Policy
Town Hall
East Sussex
TN39 3JX

Email: planning.strategy@rother.gov.uk


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