The Council is responsible for planning for sustainable housing and employment growth across Rother District. The overall scale and distribution of growth is set by its Local Plan Core Strategy. To ensure its policies are up-to-date and effective, the Council undertakes ongoing assessments and monitoring of them, with particular focus on housing supply.

Housing Land Supply Monitoring

Every 6 months Rother District Council publishes an assessment of Housing Land Supply and Housing Trajectory. This assessment identifies the supply of dwellings at sites with planning permission and Local Plan allocations and shows the extent to which existing plans fulfil the requirement to maintain a rolling five year supply of deliverable land in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). It will also include headline, anonymised data (i.e. location, type and/or demand) from the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Register on an annual basis.

Housing Delivery Test Action Plan

The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) has been introduced by the Government as a monitoring tool to demonstrate whether LPAs are building enough homes to meet their housing need. The HDT compares the number of new homes delivered over the previous three years with the authority’s housing requirement. The result of the HDT will be used to determine the buffer to apply in housing land supply position statements and whether the presumption in favour of sustainable development should apply.

In February 2020 the Government published the HDT results for the 2019 Measurement. Against a requirement of 1,006 dwellings over the last three years, Rother delivered 706 net dwellings with a result of 70%. Consequently the Council is required to produce an Action Plan, as well as including a 20% buffer in its housing land supply position statement.

Employment Land Supply Monitoring

In contrast to the Housing Land Supply and Housing Trajectory, the assessment of Employment Land Supply is published annually. It provides information on recent completions and commitments of employment related developments. It also considers the contribution that business commitments are expected to make towards the supply of business floorspace, relative to the targets in the submitted Core Strategy.

Local Plan Monitoring

The Local Plan Monitoring Report (LPMR) fulfils a requirement of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011) and associated Regulations to produce a monitoring report, at least annually, to monitor and review planning policies within the District.

The LPMR is crucial to the successful delivery of the Council’s Local Plan (2011-2028) and a systematic and dynamic monitoring system helps understand the wider social, environmental and economic issues affecting their areas and the key drivers of spatial change. The findings should feed directly into any review of policy that may be required.

It brings together monitoring information and detailed commentary on housing, employment development, transport and the environment. It also includes analysis of the production of the Local Plan against the Council’s published timetable.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Monitoring

District Council CIL Reporting

To ensure transparency, charging authorities (the Council) must prepare a report on the amount of CIL received, spent, transferred and retained in each financial year. The reports must be published on the website by 31 December for the previous financial year.

The District Council’s CIL Report for the current financial year can be found in section 4 of the Local Plan Monitoring Report above.

Parish and Town Council CIL Reporting

Parish and Town Councils must also provide an annual report of their neighbourhood CIL money received from the District Council and spent each financial year. These should be published on the parish or town council websites and also sent to the District Council. Copies of these reports will be published below, for the latest year, as they are made available.