Details of Neighbourhood Plans in preparation by Town and Parish Councils (or designated neighbourhood forum) to plan for housing and other development needs in their locality.

Current Neighbourhood Plan Consultations

Submission Neighbourhood Plan Consultations
Note: This box highlights Regulation 16 Neighbourhood Plan consultations overseen by Rother District Council.
Pre-Submission (Draft) Neighbourhood Plan consultations
Hurst Green Neighbourhood Plan
Note: This box highlights Regulation 14 Neighbourhood Plan consultations overseen by the relevant Town or Parish Council.

Made Neighbourhood Plans

Once adopted, Neighbourhood Plans form part of the statutory Development Plan and will be used for determining planning applications within the respective designated Neighbourhood Areas.

Below is a list of the Neighbourhood Plans that have been formally made by Rother District Council.

Other Neighbourhood Areas preparing a Neighbourhood Plan

For further information about the progress of each Neighbourhood Plan, please click the above links.

Neighbourhood Area Applications

There are currently no outstanding Neighbourhood Area applications in Rother District.

Overview of Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act (2011) introduced several new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development, including the provision to prepare a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ for their area. A neighbourhood plan can set out policies for the location of houses, shops, and offices, or set design standards for new development.

In “parished” areas, Neighbourhood Plans can only be undertaken by the relevant Town or Parish Council or combination of Town/Parish Councils if the area straddles boundaries. Elsewhere, they may be prepared by a duly constituted ‘neighbourhood forum’.

Preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan is optional; it is effectively an alternative to a Parish or Town Council working in partnership with the District Council – see the Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan page.

Like Local Plans, Neighbourhood Plans are statutory plans, the process for which is legally prescribed, and, when made, form part of the ‘development plan’ for the area.

All Neighbourhood Plans must be in general conformity with the strategic policies for an area (which is generally taken to be a Council’s Core Strategy or equivalent Local Plan) as well as have regard to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and accord with European Legislation.

Process, Guidance and Support

Guidance on the process is available on the Planning Portal. As with a Local Plan, a Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to an independent Examination. However, it additionally requires a local referendum to be held to ensure that the community has the final say on whether the plan comes into force or not.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has prepared a number of useful guides and you can also find an overview on the Planning Practice Guidance website. Further guidance can be found on the Planning Advisory Service website.

The legal context for preparation of neighbourhood plans is provided by the Localism Act and the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations.

The District Council will provide advice and assistance to Neighbourhood Plan groups, particularly in relation to site assessments, drafting policies and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). More details about the requirements for SEA can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) page.

Along with support of the District Council, communities can also seek assistance in the form of grants and/or technical support through a Government programme. For more information on this, go to My Community.