Landowners, developers, site promoters and individuals are invited to put forward sites to be considered through the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) as part of the new Rother Local Plan.

The original “Call for Sites” ran from 12 October 2020 to 7 December 2020. While we are still accepting site submissions, it should be noted that sites submitted from 1st January 2024 will not be included within the first version of the HELAA, which is due to be published alongside the Regulation 18 public consultation of the draft new Local Plan in Spring 2024. Sites not included within this first version of the HELAA will still be assessed, and conclusions detailed in a later version.

For further information about the HELAA and what it is, please visit the HELAA page.

To be considered, sites must:

  • meet the minimum size threshold (for housing sites they must be capable of delivering five or more dwellings and for economic development sites the minimum site area is 0.25 hectares or 500 square metres of floor space) OR
  • be a site of any size adjoining a “Development Boundary” designated in the Local Plan, AND;
  • be wholly or partly within Rother district, AND;
  • be submitted by the landowner or submitted with proof of the landowner’s willingness for the site to be considered as part of this process.

Development Boundaries for the towns and villages are shown in relevant parts of the Development Plan for Rother District. This includes the Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan (adopted 2019), the Rother District Local Plan (2006) and Neighbourhood Plans.

The current defined Development Boundaries can also be viewed using the Councils Online Policies Map (note that you may need to enable the various development boundaries in the layer selection panel).

Sites must be submitted to the Council using the site submission form which can be completed online:

All submissions must be accompanied by a red-edged site plan based on an Ordnance Survey map clearly defining the site boundary, together with any relevant supporting information.

If you are unable to use the online form, a PDF form can be downloaded by right-clicking the link below and selecting ‘Save target as’ or ‘Save link as’.

If you are using the PDF form, please email the completed form and any attachments back to us at: or send by post to: Planning Policy, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea TN39 3JX.

Please use a separate form for each separate site you submit.

Sites should be submitted by Monday 7 December 2020. Submissions received after this date may still be considered but please contact the Planning Policy Team at: to discuss this if you are unable to meet the deadline.

Please note that it will not be possible for officers to provide feedback on individual sites but all submissions will be assessed, and conclusions detailed in the HELAA, which is scheduled to be published in support of the Council’s forthcoming Preferred Options and Alternatives Consultation, tentatively programmed for Summer/Autumn 2021. An updated timetable will be published in due course.

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