The Local Plan sets out the development strategy for Rother District.  It contains policies for different types of development as well as town strategies and specific site allocations.

The Local Plan comprises the Written Statement, (see Related Documents), the Proposals Map and component ‘Inset Maps’ (see Related Pages) which shows the locations where specific policies and proposals apply.

The Local Plan, together with the adopted South East Plan, comprises the statutory ‘development plan’ for Rother, as all the Local Plan policies have been ‘saved’ by the Secretary of State (see Rother District Direction and decision letter under Related Documents).

However, following publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in March 2012, such policies should be given ‘due weight’ depending on their degree of consistency with the Framework.

An exercise to determine which ‘saved’ local plan policies are consistent with the NPPF has been undertaken.  This was considered by Cabinet on 2 July 2012 (see Related Documents). No Local Plan policy was found to be not compliant with the NPPF, but one policy, DS6 – Managing Housing Release, was found to be only partially compliant with the NPPF.

Legislation requires that planning applications be determined in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.  This means that these policies continue to be applied in the determination of planning applications, pending adoption of the Rother Core Strategy and/or the Development and Site Allocations Plan, as appropriate, which will duly form the new Local Plan for the district.

You can access an interactive version of the Local Plan here. If you need assistance to navigate around it, there is a Help page on the interactive site.


Please note: The definitive legal copy of the Proposals Map is the printed version published by Rother District Council in July 2006. If there are any queries over the interpretation of policies in the Development Plan or the Proposals Map please contact the Planning Strategy team at 

Please note that boundaries on the map reflect the Proposals Map as adopted in 2006. Please refer to the following sources for current designations relating to;

  • Special Protection Areas/Special Areas of Conservation, RAMSAR Sites, Sites of Special Scientific Importance and Ancient Woodlands are designated by Natural England 

  • Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (Local Wildlife Sites) are designated by East Sussex County Council

  • For Flood Zone Data please visit the flood map for planning website

  • Groundwater Protection Zones are designated by the Environment Agency

  • Conservation Areas designated by Rother District Council as a result of Section 70 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. The latest maps can be found on the Conservation Area page.

For more information on the Rother District Local Plan Strategy and the forthcoming Development and Site Allocations Local Plan, please see the Core Strategy and Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan pages of our website.

Paper copies of the adopted Rother District Local Plan are available to purchase at a price of £35.00 (plus £6 P&P). To request a copy to be sent by post, please call the Bexhill Community Help Point on (01424 787000). Payment is required in advance, and cheques should be made payable to Rother District Council.

The Rother District Local Plan was 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