As part of the evidence base for the Emerging Local Plan (2019-2039), the Council has prepared a number of documents. They will be subject to further review and potential refresh as the Plan progresses. Further evidence base documents will be published in due course.
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) 2021
The Rother District Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (2021) is now available to view, below. However, at present the report has yet to consider potential locations for development in Rother going forward to inform the new Local Plan (up to 2039). This will be undertaken in due course and provided as an addendum to the SFRA when it is available. At this point it will also be determined whether a Level 2 Assessment is necessary.
The 2021 Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment provides information on all sources of flood risk in Rother District and should be used by developers, alongside data on the Environment Agency’s website, in producing site specific flood risk assessments to support planning applications.
For more information, please see the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) 2021 page.
Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA)
The HEDNA (2020) has been prepared jointly with Hastings Borough Council. Its purpose is to assess future development needs up to 2039 for housing (both market and affordable) and employment across the Hastings and Rother area, to inform the preparation of the two Authorities’ emerging Local Plans. The document does not set the housing target for local authorities but provides the evidence to inform its starting position. The HEDNA has been produced in line with national Planning Practice Guidance.
East Sussex Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Needs Assessment
In order to the support the Council’s new Local Plan, we have worked alongside all of the East Sussex local authorities, and the South Downs National Park Authority to commission a joint Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Needs Assessment for the study period between 2021 and 2040. The requirement to assess the accommodation needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople is established through the national Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (PPTS), published by Government in 2015. This study provides a summary of accommodation need for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in respect of both their permanent and transit needs for pitches/plots over the study period.