Rother District Council’s current Core Strategy Local Plan is now more than 5 years old, having been adopted on 29 September 2014. In line with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), the Council must review Local Plans at least once every five years to ensure that policies remain relevant.

The Council has begun early preparatory work on a new Local Plan that will cover the period 2019-2039.

The new Local Plan will set out our spatial strategy for the distribution and development of new homes, employment and supporting infrastructure in Rother, while protecting our valued natural and historic environment.  It will also incorporate detailed development management policies to guide and manage development across the district.  

National planning policy requires the preparation and review of policies to be supported by relevant and up to date evidence. Therefore, one of the first stages of undertaking the new Local Plan will involve gathering evidence, including relating to:

  • Housing needs
  • Employment needs
  • Retail needs
  • Land availability for development
  • Local services and community facilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs
  • Landscape character
  • Designated habitats
  • Flood risk
  • Transport
  • Renewable energy
  • Open space

Call for Sites – Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

To inform our evidence base for the new Local Plan we have invited landowners, agents, developers and other interested parties to put forward sites for consideration for housing and economic development.

The Rother District Council Call for Sites ran from 12 October 2020 to 7 December 2020. However, for the time being we are still accepting site submissions.

For further information or to submit a site, please visit the Call for Sites page.

Early Targeted Engagement on the Local Plan

The Council undertook targeted engagement at an early stage in the production of the local plan, in advance of proposed public consultation that will form the first public consultation stage in early 2022.

Two documents regarding this targeted engagement can be found below.

Previous Public Engagement

Draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) Consultation

Rother District Council’s Draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was published of for public consultation for a period of 6 weeks from Friday 11 June 2021 to Friday 23 July 2021. This consultation is now closed.

The SCI is a statutory document which sets out how and when the Council will engage with stakeholders and the wider community to ensure the opportunity for everyone to participate in the planning process. This includes both the preparation of policy documents and the determination of planning applications. The SCI also sets out how and when the Council will support local communities in preparing Neighbourhood Plans.

The draft revised SCI updates and supersedes the existing SCI adopted in 2018, in order to set out how the Council will involve the community during the production of the New Local Plan 2019-2039.

The Council is in the process of making any relevant amendments to the SCI following the comments submitted during the consultation period. The finalised version will be put to Full Council for Adoption at a later date.